Paying the tips
March 19, 2017 9:39am CST
I just learned that you don't have to pay for the tips in Japan. They will regard it as an insult. Here there is not a habit to pay for the tips, too. But some restaurants will charge you the tips fee to the bills. It is likely that this fee will go to the restaurant rather than the waiters and waitresses. It is still a debate to it because some people disagree to it. And basically you can just think that you don't have to pay for the tips. I think how to pay for the tips is still something I need to learn, especially when I travel abroad. I like to use credit card to pay. But it gives me a question how to pay for the tips to waiters or waitresses? So sometimes I have to pay for the bills and tips all in cash so that I will make sure the waiters or waitresses will get his/her money Maybe sometimes our behaviors seem to be strange, that is because we have different habits
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19 Mar 17
I still leave cash tip on the tray when I leave a restaurant, yes in Japan it's insulting ( I find this rather odd lol but to each his own). In the barbershop I hand out my tip directly to my barber after I pay the barbershop owner for my haircut and shave.
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 17
It is worse in the USA. They will ask you out right " What about my tip" or " Don't forget my tip" Which to us in the UK is incredibly rude. The restaurant usually adds a service charge but I doubt a lot of staff receive this! I would rather remove the service charge and pay the waiter or waitress their tip!
20 Mar 17
I once read before that, normally, tip is between 10 to 15% of the amount of your bill. However, I also got some advice from this site which you might want to take a look at -
When and where and how much to tip: Tipping guidelines for three of the most common times tipping is expected: at restaurants, during travel, and at salons.
• United States
20 Mar 17
Understanding these kinds of practices is so important when we travel. Even paying with cash in many restaurants here in the United States, the waiters and waitresses have to put it into a common pot to be distributed evenly. It depends on the restaurant.