Who are the Best tippers?

Apr 21st, 2002, 09:39 AM
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Who are the Best tippers?

Having worked in several service jobs while a studenthere is my league table for the best to the meanest tippers:
1. English
2. Irish
3. German
4. Dutch
5. Spanish
6. Arabian countries
7. Italian
8. Indian/Pakistani
9. Japanese
10.Americans
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 10:49 AM
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Dallas
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This one really needs to be put in his place, but I'll leave to the experts!
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 10:55 AM
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I already disagree as an American. If the service is good we always leave 20%. If the waiter/waitress is really nice we leave up to 25% sometimes even doubling when we're really feeling charitable!
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 11:03 AM
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My husband, who is American. He just tipped our limo driver 25%! I told him it was too much but he thought the guy was very nice and could use the money.

I don't know where you work Mack, but I think you're wrong about Americans. Everyone I know regularly tips 20%.
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 11:04 AM
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Mack,

I certainly hope you have your list bacwards. Otherwise, you don't know what you're talking about.
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 11:05 AM
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DB
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The Dutch 4th? Ever heard the expression "going dutch"?
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 01:21 PM
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xxx
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Hey, folks, relax. Mack just said it wrong. Anyone can tell that the list is backwards. He meant to say that he was listing them from the meanest to the best. We all know that it is a major miracle to get more than 10% out of anyone English, while Japanese and Americans are invariably the best tippers. But what happened to the French?
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 02:38 PM
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Surely the "best" tipper is one who always tips appropriately (that is, neither over- nor under-tips based on local standards/practices)? For example, an American who indiscriminately leaves 20% for average service in a London pub is just as "bad" a tipper is an Englishman who leaves a dollar in an NYC bistro.
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 02:53 PM
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Americans are the best tippers cos they think all waiters are paid the lousy rates that are standard in the US. I always loved it when Americans came in because they ALWAYS appreciated good service with a hefty tip. I think every one else did too but they didnt think they had to tip so heavily in order to express it! (This from waiting-on in Central London)
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 03:22 PM
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xxx
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Best tippers are old guys with young girlfriends.
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 03:24 PM
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Dave
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Too true!
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 03:45 PM
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Dallas
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See, Mack -- I told you they'd get you!
 
Apr 21st, 2002, 06:24 PM
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bill
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I don't tip ANYONE !!!

And, I am ding-dang proud of it !!!

And, I am Israeli !!!
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 02:39 AM
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There was one of these surveys recently in which Icelanders were described as the meanest tippers. Of course in Iceland they don't tip because they expect that people are paid a living wage. People tend to tip according to their own customs at home. In England the usual tip is 10% and it usually goes into a kitty and is shared between all the staff.
Personally I think that tipping is annoying for the customer and degrading for the recipient. It seems that the US is one country where everyone seems to have their hand out. If you sneeze and somebody says "gesundheit" you feel that you ought to tip them.
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 05:10 AM
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The nouveau riche, or those pretending they are. And the insecure.
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 09:13 AM
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xxx
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No doubt, it's Tipper Gore.
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 09:21 AM
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Dan
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Or Lanny, maybe those that just aren't cheap. Eh?
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 09:23 AM
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My husband always tips 20%. Establishments that automatically add 15% gratuity to the bill, cut the tips of their wait staff. What's up with that?
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 09:26 AM
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Strangely Americans leave tips for even indifferent service. I don't. If I get exempary service I tip 20-25 percent. This is rare, but I had a great server Saturday so I was happy to do this. If I get good professional service I leave between 15 and twenty. However, if I get below average service. not necessarily bad-just not good, I leave zero. Sorry but I see no reason to tip anything for substandard. So careful with me servers, the third step is a doozy.
 
Apr 22nd, 2002, 09:28 AM
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If you get take out from a good restaurant, do you tip? I've been wondering if I should although I haven't been.
 

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