Wednesday, December 9, 2009

On Tipping

The States have an interesting custom in restaurants that upon finishing your meal you give the waiter 10-20% of the value of your meal. It's called tipping. From regal to the hole in the wall, you pay your waiter based on the value of the meal, not the value of their service. A good waiter working at dump make a lot less than a bad waiter working in a 5 star restaurant. Granted, he might not be working there for much longer, but that is besides the point. In many part of the world, tipping isn't a custom. Sometimes the touristy places will try and get the Americans to do it since we are used to it, but usually it isn't done. The wait staff are paid by their employers, thus indirectly by the customers, instead of the direct compensation of tipping. I have know a lot of people that have worked in the food industry and they have informed that they live off their tips. The $2.71 they make an hour from their employers doesn't really cut it. It's just easier on the consumer here. Anyways, I just wanted to make a brief note about this.

Question: In countries that have no one dollar bills, how does one go about tipping a stripper?

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