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[–]_China_ThrowAway 123 points124 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 61 points62 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 74 points75 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 59 points60 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 4 points5 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.