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To: George14
Tipping seems so European. "Here you are my good man. Thanks ever so much for clearing these dishes. Now, be a good chap and fetch me a brandy."

I think's it's elitist and unAmerican.

4 posted on 12/06/2005 12:38:27 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Whiel I can't speak for the rest of Europe, tipping isn't customary in Germany.

Of course they know where it is and count on Americans to tip them.


11 posted on 12/06/2005 12:40:50 PM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think's it's elitist and unAmerican.

It is totally capitalistic and very American. If someone's service is worse than adequate, they will get less for their services.

Unfortunately, there are people out there that are cheap and will never tip, and then complain or file a lawsuit when they get horrible service.

13 posted on 12/06/2005 12:41:38 PM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European.

You have obviously never been outside the USA. Tipping is almost exclusively done here.

27 posted on 12/06/2005 12:45:35 PM PST by dollar_dog
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To: ClearCase_guy

Tipping is elitist and un-American? So we can cheat, steal, murder, sell state secrets, etc., so long as we don't tip our favorite waiter. OK. Sounds reasonable.


34 posted on 12/06/2005 12:48:25 PM PST by BagelFace (BOOGABOOGABOOGABOOGA!!!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

"Tipping seems so European."

Not sure what you mean. In Germany, for instance, you round out your bill to the next Mark (euro). It might be mere pennies. "Stimtt so!"


36 posted on 12/06/2005 12:48:58 PM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Most European nations I've been to include the gratuity ("Service Charge") into the bill itself, and the custom is generally just to round up to the next round denomination. In Japan tipping is simply not done...you pay the bill and if a service charge is levied it's on the bill as well.

Tip splitting or sharing can work well if done properly at the right establishment. First, since a cook's work is partly responsible for the enjoyment of a meal the practice of a waitperson tipping out the kitchen staff makes sense to me, and it's usually just a small percentage (they make a higher base wage generally).

My local hangout is a small place with normally one cook and maximum two wait staff/bartenders in the evening. A couple of months ago the staff turned over fairly rapidly and the owner saw an opportunity. All servers at the bar or on the floor can and do serve everyone and tips are divided evenly. It's a small place and if two staff are on but everyone (us regulars) are all gathered around the bar one server got burned while the other cleaned up. The owner went out of her way to hire staff that get along really well and anyone who isn't a team player doesn't make it past the probation period. Service has gone to great levels and on average everyone is earning more at the end of the night consistantly.

Think...can you imagine a large establishment where customers at the end of the lunch period are all queing up to tip the bartender, the waitperson, the cook, etc? It would be chaos.

44 posted on 12/06/2005 12:53:21 PM PST by mitchbert (Facts Are Stubborn Things .)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European.

You don't tip in most of Europe. Service is included in the price.

67 posted on 12/06/2005 1:05:22 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: ClearCase_guy

Actually tipping is uncommon in Europe. The gratuity is usually built into the price of the meal or service. A huge faux pas is to leave a tip for a bartende in England or Scotland. Didn't see tipping in Germany and Austria either.


96 posted on 12/06/2005 1:23:57 PM PST by PaForBush
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European.
tips are not the norm in Spain
138 posted on 12/06/2005 1:41:23 PM PST by freedom moose (has de cultivar el que sembres)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Euroweenies don't tip and look down on Americans for doing so. Typically they just round up the bill, and that's it.


168 posted on 12/06/2005 2:05:53 PM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European. "Here you are my good man. Thanks ever so much for clearing these dishes. Now, be a good chap and fetch me a brandy."

I think's it's elitist and unAmerican.

I absolutely agree with you.

It's one of the reasons I avoid eating out as much as possible.

Another reason is less chance of someone sptting in your food.

212 posted on 12/07/2005 9:20:29 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European.

LOL. Maybe that's why no one tips in Europe?

221 posted on 12/26/2005 7:31:50 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European.

One can discern from your remark that you haven't spent much, if any, time in the UK or Europe.

227 posted on 12/26/2005 10:30:56 AM PST by elbucko
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European. "Here you are my good man. Thanks ever so much for clearing these dishes. Now, be a good chap and fetch me a brandy."

I think's it's elitist and unAmerican.

We learned a number of years ago that Yanks are much better tippers than the Brits, and I suspect we tip better than the rest of the Euroswine.

248 posted on 01/03/2006 12:45:38 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European. "Here you are my good man. Thanks ever so much for clearing these dishes. Now, be a good chap and fetch me a brandy."

I think's it's elitist and unAmerican.

Actually they don't tip in Europe. The gratuity is included on the check
253 posted on 01/03/2006 1:03:41 PM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Europeans don't tip.


267 posted on 01/03/2006 2:53:01 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tipping seems so European. "Here you are my good man. Thanks ever so much for clearing these dishes. Now, be a good chap and fetch me a brandy."

I think's it's elitist and unAmerican.

Actually, tipping has historically been almost unheard of in Europe. If you've ever waited on a European tourist, it's very rare to get a tip.

What's so "unAmerican" about incentive based pay, which is what tipping actually is... Actually, it's competition and capitalism at its very best!

Mark

305 posted on 02/06/2006 1:20:40 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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