Do you usually leave a tip in a restaurant?

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A survey in holiday hotspots around the world has found that the British are the second meanest nation for leaving a tip in restaurants and bars.

Only the French are worse than us. Brits give on average a 7% tip to waiters in restaurants and bars with the French giving less than that and 30% of all French give no tips at all. The most generous tippers are the Americans giving an average of 13% of the cost of the bill as a tip.

Part of the problem is that it can be tricky to know what is expected of you overseas.  Tom Bishop, head of travel insurance at Direct Line, said “Tipping expectations vary hugely across the globe and reflect different cultures, attitudes and laws. Our reserved nature and laws preventing employers using tips to top up salaries mean that there is not an established tipping culture in the UK. Many of us feel awkward and confused when it comes to tipping practices across the world.

What’s your view? Do you leave a tip when in a restaurant, bar or a taxi? Are you a generous tipper or do you think people in the service industry should be expected to work without tips? Do you check the tipping culture of a country before travelling abroad?

 

Do you usually leave a tip in a restaurant?

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Red Head Swift
7th Nov 2015
0
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The service charge conundrum has been made very complex by restaurant chains such as Cote.
Cote is owned by BC Partners, a private equity group. Until recently all but a very small percentage of the service charge was being kept by BC Partners. It was not going to the staff.

A month ago this situation was leaked to the press. Under public pressure Cote / BC Partners changed its policy and the service charge now goes to the employees.

As a Cote user I am aware that the service has declined in the past month and I suspect that the restaurants have had to reduce staff numbers to compensate for the loss of profits to BC Partners.

Maybe what we should all do is only pay the service charge in cash and directly to the staff that served you.

The delights of capitalism.
I could go on about how our taxes are being used to support working people who are on minimum rates per hour and zero hours contracts (such as waiting staff in restaurants) whilst big business in the UK is awash with cash. But this is not the place to do that.
Alicia
26th Oct 2015
1
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It all depends on the service given and the quality of the food served.
britmale
11th Oct 2015
2
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If no service charge I will leave 10%, if the service is bad, I leave nothing
Laurelie
26th Sep 2015
1
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We may be a tad mean with our tips as the service here is not that brilliant!
Trampas1955
25th Sep 2015
2
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Never. Make a point of saying thank you. Nobody tips me!
lizzy 326
21st Sep 2015
2
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I really don't agree with tipping, although if I get good service from pleasant staff I usually do give a small tip - once I know they get it. I just think there are many hardworking people on low wages who are not in a job which involves tipping.
John H Scadden
18th Sep 2015
1
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Most restaurants apply a service charge to the bill so why should we pay twice?
cwtchy grandma
27th Aug 2015
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Do leave a tip but think staff should be paid a fair wage . Dislike the fact it is expected .
celtwitch
20th Aug 2015
2
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Good food and service deserve a small tip, but if the food is awful or the service bad, thenIi don't leave them anything. I have been challenged by aggressive staff for not leaving a tip and received sarcastic comments about my 'meanness.' I have known London taxi drivers become very unpleasant if they don't get a tip, one guy was very threatening, we thought he was going to attack us. He did not get a penny more than the fare!
Some eateries will even tell you how much you should tip, which I think is very presumptious of them and I would never do as they tell me to.
magsamum
18th Aug 2015
2
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I always leave a tip if I have received good service, but only after I have checked that the worker gets the tip. a lesson I learned a few years ago in Cyprus. We had been frequenting a lovely cafe, where we were served by two lovely Bulgarian lads. After a couple of days they came to us and said not to leave a tip. "Margaret you have paid our boss once please don't pay him again" The boss searched them on the start and end of each shift taking any monies left for them as tips. We continued to go because they were so lovely and good at their jobs but no longer left a tip. At the end of our holiday we caught up with them after their shift and gave them the two weeks worth of tips. The behaviour of their employer really disgusted me, hence why I now always ask the question.
Trampas1955
25th Sep 2015
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Yeah and they're probably making their way to the UK to live with the wonderful English people. Bloody hell will folk never learn.
magsamum
25th Sep 2015
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What a rediculous thing to say, they were happy living in Cyprus, like thousands of English people. It amazes me how people forget how many British build up ghettos in Dosin, France, Cyprus etc. The hypocrisy is astounding.
thefilthycripple
18th Aug 2015
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In some countries it is frowned upon such as Japan and In the USA if you leave less then 25% you might get an earful !
Wilf
18th Aug 2015
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Yes I agree in the USA I have often left a few dollars for a tip and the waiter or cab driver has just muttered something that was not that positive!
Wilf
18th Aug 2015
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ollasam
18th Aug 2015
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Christine Oatley
I can never understand why we should always tip waiters/waitresses or porters, I was a nurse for 40 years earning a low wage for long hours of hard and sometimes unrewarding work! My husband worked on a farm all of his young life and wages don't get much lower than that! I'm sure he would have loved to work in the warmth of a restaurant rather than out in the cold field eating sandwiches in the cab of a cold tractor! No, I do not tip generously, in fact, very reluctantly!
Wilf
18th Aug 2015
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I do agree but suppose its because a lot of restaurants just don't pay well. But having said that a lot of other jobs don't either as you have written like farm workers
JohnHerb
16th Aug 2015
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London cabbies are a great bunch and I give them £1 tip at least-not much but I have not got much. Always have a great bit of banter with them. taxi drivers in other countries don't even know where they are going to compared to our blokes
Munsterlander
16th Aug 2015
3
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I always leave a small tip and more especially if I get great service. I must say I do not leave any tips if I get rude or unfriendly service. Years ago I was a waiter-it takes nothing to give a smile to customers and give great service and makes the job so much more enjoyable.

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