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        01-05-2012, 05:53 PM
    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    Oh no, you DEFFO tip out here in EU haha, you tip everyone, taxi driver, hairdresser (they leave mini piggybanks on the till)... everyone.
    Is that true! I had a feeling that in Germany tips were included in bill. I may be wrong though.

    BTW, yes, I forgot about taxi drivers, they are of course on list.
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        01-05-2012, 06:00 PM
    What steams my clams is when people tip the waiter/tress for basic service, that takes about 5 minutes of his/her time, but will not leave any sort of tip for the housemaid who cleans their hotel room every day! It takes maybe 15 to 20 minutes to fully clean the larger rooms, change the linens , vacuum and such. They aren't paid well and often have few prospects for moving up in the world since they have no time to learn English. I always tip them at the least 5 to 10 dollars US a day.
        01-07-2012, 07:00 PM
    I AGREE ^^^
    We have a cabin business and when I cleaned the 5,000+ sq. Ft. Lodge absolutely DESTROYED, with filthy messes there was never a tip. That really got to me. Then we'd get a good family in that left it in good basic condition and they'd at least leave a $10. I always tip when I stay somewhere. Those gals and guys get put through the ringer.

    Our grocery store still carries out the sacks and loads, I'm always trying to slip those boys a $5 but they can't take it! I try and slip it in their hand but they always smile and say "no, Mam, but thanks!

    Our feed store loads but they can't accept tips either, but at least that lets me know they are making a "decent" wage. Unlike waitresses who get paid a few measly dollars an hour, then have to include their tips for their salary. I pay extra good tips to the good ones, not so much when I get terrible service.

    I do not tip the farrier, he charges extra plus mileage for coming out so far.
        01-07-2012, 07:23 PM
    I never know how much to tip. Do you tip more at fancy restaurants? Or if the meal costs more? I always feel weird tipping if I go out for lunch and get a $10 meal.

    I haven't stayed in a hotel since I was about 13, so I never thought about tipping for room cleaning. I'm going to remember that.
        01-08-2012, 09:57 PM
    ^^ DP, I tip more for the good service (doesn't matter if it's a fancy restaurant or not).

    FlyGap, it's funny, your post reminded me that I usually have to slip the pay to the hay helper pocket (because he always refuses to take it).
        01-08-2012, 10:13 PM
    I tip 15% at restaurants, hair salon, and a few bucks for the maid at a hotel and a few bucks for a cab. That's it. I tried tipping my farrier once, he refused & credited my account for next time.
        01-08-2012, 10:18 PM
    I am a trail guide and we LOVE getting tips. If we're going to spend over an hour with you and try to make that part of your vacation enjoyable, give us something back. I tip pretty much everyone- hairdresser, waiter, white water rafting guide, guys at the car wash (boyfriend works there and they used to get a TON of tips but it's gotten less frequent lately), etc. If someone does a service for me in any way, I tip.
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        01-09-2012, 06:50 PM
    If you've got the change to spare and you think someone puts so much effort into their job they deserve a tip, you could tip, even little is usually appreciated.

    I work at a fast food restaurant and was so surprised when people first started tipping me!! It shows you're putting effort into your job and giving customers the service they expect! X
        01-13-2012, 02:06 PM
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    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    Oh no, you DEFFO tip out here in EU haha, you tip everyone, taxi driver, hairdresser (they leave mini piggybanks on the till)... everyone.
    Depends on the European country. In Finland, no-one tips and it's almost a rule of thumb. Tho I got some very few tips when I worked at a restaurant one summer few years ago. I felt so confused that I gave my tips to the society which run the restaurant.

    Also I'm interested in this topic since I'm going to take a trip to US soon and I don't have an idea of it if I have to tip or not, or where to tip or not.

    How about American hotels? Do you tip there and if, for what services?

    And how big should that tip be for different services? Do someone take offense if I leave a small tip?
        01-13-2012, 02:48 PM
    Green Broke
    Here in the UK we do tip but it is not expected.

    I tip when I've had very good service. I don't believe in tiping people for doing thier job but I do for going above and beyond.
    I quite often tell the taxi driver to keep the change if he has been very cheery or we've had a good conversation.

    I have never tipped a hairdresser or a takeawy delivery person.

    I've tipped the maids in a hotel before and a few other members of hotel staff but I don't make a habit of it and it is certainly not something that you have to do.

    I went on a cruise once with an american cruise operator and absolutly hated it! I'd paid enough in the first place for said cruise I do not need to pay the extortionate amount for the drink and then a silly amount to the guy who delivers it. He gets paid his wages/salary that is enough. I don't get a tip for doing my job, I do get a bonus for going above and beyond and that is how it should be!

    I've never tipped anyone in the equine industry. My farrier/instructor/edt and vet all set thier rates and that is what I pay. My farrier and instructor get a bottle of wine at christmas but that is it.

    BTW tipping in france, belgium, austria and italy is like the UK, optional but nice to do!

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