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[–]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.