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Doug Stallings' No-Nonsense Traveler's Tips for Tipping

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I'm posting this here because there seems to be NO way to respond to Doug Stallings' piece directly.

WHY, WHY is there no DON'T for not tipping in a no tipping country? China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand... Have you not read the discussions on the Asia board about this? (See http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/tipping-for-guided-tour.cfm) You are just encouraging a really bad American habit. And this whole piece is SO American-centric. No, you don't automatically tip 15% unless there's a service charge.You find out what the correct percentage is for the country you're visiting, and it's almost certainly NOT 15%. (And I hear that in New York it's now 20%, not 18%.)

I'm sorry about the caps, but I'm really annoyed that you made the situation worse, not better.

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