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I don't tip. It used to be against the law here until foreigners came for the Olympics in 2008. Now in the big cities foreigners are expected to tip. In the smaller cities like the one I live in, it's actually extremely disrespectful to leave
I don't tip. It used to be against the law here until foreigners came for the Olympics in 2008. Now in the big cities foreigners are expected to tip. In the smaller cities like the one I live in, it's actually extremely disrespectful to leave a tip. However; if I ask the taxi driver to wait while I nip into a store for a moment, I'll give him a little extra because he could have gotten another fare. Or the taxi driver who helps me to bring my luggage up six flights of stairs, I will pay him for doing it. But we negotiate an amount first.
I still in principle disagree with tipping. I was once a waitress, and I do understand that the job is far from easy. However; my teachers never received a tip, my swimming instructor never got a tip, my Brownie Leader was a volunteer, my baby sitter never got a tip, my newpaper girl never got a tip... I don't really grasp the reasoning behind tipping especially when they already receive an hourly wage or a salary.
In the US, working in food service has a lower than minimum wage hour rate, they don't get paid anywhere near
what teachers or even swimming instructors get paid. Min wage is now about $8.25 in our state. My daughter was working as wait staff and making.... $4.00 and hour! She needed the tips to pay for her own food, her rent, her clothes, books etc. The pay rate of food service workers is based on the fact that they will get part of their living wage from tips.
In the US it is considered extremely poor form not to tip people like wait staff and bar tenders and hair stylist etc.
My family and I always tip generously. Even more now that we're in a recession and many people have no choice but to work for half min wage and need the tips to survive.
I don't tip the bagger at the supermarket, it is against the rules there, even if they help you with your bags to the car, but they are paid at least minimum wage, not food service hourly rate. I tip everybody else, from the hair salon worker, to the nail salon person, to wait staff. In most places wait staff personnel have to share their tips with the bus boys. Plus, they have to pay taxes on their tips.
Due to some of my health issues, I have things delivered to the house frequently, when I'm having breakthrough pain. I tip people who deliver food or the nice man who delivers medicine from our pharmacy between $2.00 and $3.00 per trip. A little more in bad weather.