What an interesting title. When you click this post I’m pretty damn sure you were thinking, “What the heck is Dom talking about?”
Why would European waitresses love fat, overweight and overconfident Americans?
You see the answer is rather simple but interesting. I’ve never been to Europe before, so when we went on our European vacation I knew that tipping your waitress after a meal is customary. What I didn’t know was that European tipping practices are drastically different than American tipping practices.
A simple Google search could have solved this, but let’s be frank, I had more important shit to worry about before going to Europe.
Like… How many licks does it take get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop!
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Why does Shaquille O’neal pick tiny women to date?
you get my damn point!
I should have known I was doing something wrong when waiters and waitresses were treating us like celebrities.
For example, in Amsterdam we ate at the same restaurant for dinner two days in a row. The reason we did this was because this restaurant was amazing, and there was no way in heck we wanted to take a chance on another restaurant after finding such a stellar one.
Anyways, the server from our first Amsterdam dinner happened to work on day two, and when I tell you this guy was happy to see us… That’s an understatement. I thought he was going to name is first born after me or ask me to adopt him.
Well…umm, I’m used to tipping 20% all the time regardless of the bill.. Sometimes, I give 100% tip. Because I be ballin’ like that.. jk jk
Americans might be thinking, big deal! That’s what you’re supposed to do. Remember, in America, servers make $2.15 per hour and live on tips.
In Europe, this is different. Europeans are paid a salary, excellent benefits, etc etc. So a 20% tip is a huge bonus to a person already receiving a pretty good salary.
Secondly, tips and all that jazz is baked into the price of the food in Europe. That’s why everything is so damn expensive.
I didn’t learn until we made it to the last leg of our trip in Belgium that we are over-tippers.
Apparently, a tip of 1-3 euro is what you give when you get stellar service… Not 20-40 Euro.
Oh well, you live and you learn :-)
There are two things that can come out of this.. I perpetuated a stereotype of Americans in Europe being big tippers or I crushed the stereotype of black people don’t tip.
I’m going with the latter. Because I’m cool like that!
Let me hear from you…
What are some things you got wrong financially when vacationing?