14 responses

  1. Money Club
    October 22, 2013

    Just don’t do what I did in London once… press the ‘zero’ key one too many times when tipping through the debit card machine!

  2. MakingSenseofCents
    October 5, 2012

    Wow very interesting to think about! I never even thought about that other countries did it differently.

    • URFinanceSimple
      October 6, 2012

      Yup definitely caught me by surprise. I wish we knew before hand.

  3. Malcolm
    September 30, 2012

    Yes, i happen to visit in Japan and ate on one of their most famous restaurant, along the bill i was gonna put a $10 tip but my friend who's a local there told me it wasn't a good idea. I really love how Japanese people take pride in what they do.
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    • URFinanceSimple
      September 30, 2012

      I heard it's like that in Japan. So instead of the tip what did you do? Do the service people even accept thank you's? On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM, YFS <yourfinancessimplified@gmail.com> wrote: approve

  4. Ms. Lici
    September 27, 2012

    I lived in Japan for a few years and while the customer service is unmatched, you do not tip at all. EVER!!! It is actually rude and considered an insult to tip in Japan.

    • URFinanceSimple
      September 27, 2012

      I heard about that as well. Also, I heard thumbs up doesn't quite mean.. Thumbs up either.

  5. Kylie Ofiu
    September 25, 2012

    In Australia we don't tip at all. It's just not part of our custom. Some inner city places are starting to add in tips to the bill, but we get good wages, good benefits, compulsory retirement payments from our employers, 4 weeks paid holidays etc… So we LOVE American tourists who tip, lol.

    It's something I keep in mind and try to remember to do when I am in the USA, tipping that is. It's so foreign to me, but I would hate to be considered a bad tipper, so always over tip. I was shocked to know the wages are like $2.15 for a waitress. Here it is $20+ an hr, more on Saturdays and more again on Sundays.
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    • URFinanceSimple
      September 25, 2012

      Wow 20 dollars per hour plus benefits! I'm sure Americans would love to be waiters in Europe lol. Yup 2.15 /hr is the going rate and they have to work hard to earn tips. However, if you get to be a waiter in a good restaurant.. You can make some serious money. Then again competition for that job will be stiff.

  6. Christian L.
    September 24, 2012

    Dominique,
    On my recent journey to Europe, I was fortunate enough to visit locals who showed me the ropes. Each city had different norms. In London, you only tip if you're served at your table. And you didn't have to tip bartenders! I was into that. We tipped a small amount for a dinner in Paris, and we never bothered to sit down to eat in Geneva. It was too damn expensive.

    Other than that, I think my buddies and I made sure not to commit any faux pas.

    -Christian L. @ Smart Military Money

    • URFinanceSimple
      September 24, 2012

      Lucky you! We didn\’t find out until the last leg of our trip that we were tipping way too much!

  7. AverageJoe
    September 24, 2012

    Why does it have to be one or the other, dude? You could have nailed both! (although I've never heard the 2nd stereotype….maybe I'm sheltered).
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    • URFinanceSimple
      September 24, 2012

      Hmm true I could have nailed both.

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