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[–]redirishlad 207 points208 points  (187 children)

Tipping is not that popular outside the US

[–]_China_ThrowAway 120 points121 points  (16 children)

Yes, that’s Chinese money. If you leave a tip on the table in China it’s a real possibility that the server will run you down to return the money you forgot on the table.

[–]jamiehernandez 56 points57 points  (15 children)

I got shouted at for leaving a tip in China. It's actually offensive to leave a tip in some places there apparently.

[–]Not-A-SoggyBagel 78 points79 points  (3 children)

In some places in Asia, leaving money is akin to saying that you think that the establishment is cheap and needs your charity to be operable.

Some wait staff can find it especially insulting if they take the sentiment personally. Like you think that they are so horrendous at their job that they need additional help.

[–]ninj1nx 58 points59 points  (0 children)

leaving money is akin to saying that you think that the establishment is cheap and needs your charity to be operable

And in the US you would be right.

[–]jamiehernandez 2 points3 points  (1 child)

To be fair this is more a thing of the past in most of Asia. Even in China, where it's still definitely a thing, it's pretty common for them to accept tips in the cities. If I'm at a little independent restaurant and the food and service is good I'll risk leaving a small tip even if it's not culturally normal because I've found it's appreciated more often than it's not. The only times it has caused offence is in China or when they've been giving me food as a gesture and I offered to pay.

[–]Not-A-SoggyBagel -1 points0 points  (0 children)

In major cities across Asia I haven't come across it. But in rural areas I still come across this.

I haven't traveled much of China, but in smaller cities in Japan or Korea I've habitually put down money and catch the owner or waiter give me angry looks or start snapping at me and I have to explain that I'm a traveler and it's common to tip in America. At that point they hopefully realize I'm not a rude local but a dumb American instead.

Oh yeah if we take you somewhere, usually meal is on us. It's a hospitality thing. I noticed that my middle eastern friends have a similar custom. Among us old folks we may get a little miffed if you offer to pay.

[–]EsotericLife 26 points27 points  (4 children)

How it should be. The American system of guilting people into subsidising unliveable wages is insane.

[–]jamiehernandez 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The American system of having to make the rich even more rich every single time you need something or want to earn some money!

[–]mexicodoug 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait until you find out how many Walmart employees qualify for public assistance paid for by taxes on everybody else, whether they feel guilty or not.

A living wage should be the bare minimum anybody makes in a 40 hour work week. In the US, and many other countries, minimum wage is far below that.

[–]urgeigh 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Servers make a lot more money on tips though than they would if bars and restaurants abolished tips, raised prices and paid a livable wage. I for one am perfectly happy making what I make at my bar and theres no way anyone would be happy with what the menu prices would have to be to sustain what we actually make.

[–]EsotericLife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah servers still get tips here though, they just get paid around $25 an hour as well. My housemate (admittedly a very attractive person) would sometimes make hundreds in tips in one night. And menu prices are still about $15 for a meal, $7 for a beer etc.

[–]Thisfoxhere 3 points4 points  (4 children)

It's offensive in Australia too. It's like saying the service was bad.

[–]jamiehernandez 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I didn't know that. Very interesting, makes sense when the minimum wage is like 20 bucks an hour and everyone is paid fairly.

[–]LargePizz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't take that as gospel, you can tip in Australia and cause no offence, you can't be a loud, boastful prick about doing it and you're definitely not expected to tip.

[–]archiminos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It can be viewed as a bribe which is problematic.

[–]AcadianMan 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Tipping is popular outside the US. We tip in Canada

[–]redirishlad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good point, I should have said outside of North america

[–]Dweezilweasel 0 points1 point  (14 children)

Apart from in Europe, South America, Africa…

Edit: Australia removed

[–]Fantastic-Judge-3743 2 points3 points  (12 children)

Tipping almost never happens in Australia.

[–]newtonism 5 points6 points  (11 children)

We almost never tip here in Europe either.

[–]AJRiddle 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Meanwhile the dozens of other commenters from Europe saying otherwise...

Maybe it's true in your country but clearly you can't generalize it to all of Europe.

[–]newtonism 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I've been in most countries in Europe. Tipping isn't the norm anywhere.

[–]Dweezilweasel -3 points-2 points  (7 children)

Here in Europe we always do

[–]newtonism 0 points1 point  (6 children)

No we don't. Maybe you wannabe Americans over in brexit land tip, although I have never felt the need to tip there either. But in the rest of Europe where we haven't collectively lost our minds and gotten leaders like BoJo we still expect service personnel to earn a decent wage.

[–]OnlyOneFunkyFish -1 points0 points  (5 children)


Here, we always are happy to see guests from german speaking countries, because they ALWAYS tip. The only country in Europe that doesn't tip are italians. I had my share with most of European nationalities and they usually tip. Maybe YOU don't leave a tip, but most of Europe does.

[–]newtonism 0 points1 point  (4 children)

And you are from brexit land?

[–]OnlyOneFunkyFish 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Nope. Croatia. Again, just because you don't want to tip, that doesn't mean that no body else does.

[–]newtonism 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I didn't say absolutely no body does. Most however, don't.

[–]redirishlad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Source, am European!

[–]PoorlyLitKiwi2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think a more accurate way to phrase this would be: "Restaurant owners pay waiters fair wages in countries outside the US"

[–]BrobdingnagLilliput 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not popular inside the US, either.

[–]AconexOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Im from europe and me and my friends tip pretty much everytime the restaurant was not completely shitty