Tips around the world

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    Jan 27, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    Well, I think it's pretty clear as the topic said. If you know of a country well; weather you've traveled to or live in, please tell us how the tipping system work there.

    Here in US, I'd say tip is welcome in just about any field of work (I think it's a bagger culture to expect tip, lol) Taxi, hotel service, restaurant service, bar are the 4 major business that require tipping.
    General rule is 15-20% of your bill. If bill not applicable, or if restaurant food is cheap, then it won't be tip by %, it's about couple dollars per person.

    In asia, China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, .... The only tipping required is in hotel service. No tipping in taxi. Most restaurants don't require tipping, some will calculated it into the bill. Very very few area require tipping. In fact, I can't think of any, cause I usually bring my own luggage to my hotel room.

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    Jan 27, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    In Italy one tips very little for restaurant service and then only if it is very good service. Service staff are professionally paid and the culture is different.

    If you are a foreigner traveling in Italy I recommend tipping very little because in tourist cities like Florence, Venice, and Rome you are getting ripped off anyway. As a "local" I can tell you for a fact that what I pay for a lunch in Venice at a nice restaurant is not what you will pay and still again not what a native Venetian would pay.

    As for hotels I always tip everyone. One of my pet peeves is people who don't leave a tip for the chambermaids. That seems rude to me. I always tip the bellmen and concierges generously. In an unknown city the concierge can be the entire difference between a good time and a not so good time.

    One strange peculiarity I have run across is tipping the household staff when staying as a guest in someone's home. I would never think to do this and would be mortified is someone tipped my staff. Then a nice elderly lady reproached me for not doing so. Well, OK, I guess you learn something new every day.

    Cheers,
    Terry
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    Jan 27, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    Most of europe - there is a service charge included in the bill usually - so you are not required to tip. However some restaurants will not include the service charge - in those cases I top no more than 10%. You are not required to tip for taxis. Europeans dont tip like Americans also because waiters in Europe are on a proper salary and get paid quite well. Don't ever ever ever tip a black cab driver in London.. the motherf#%^^@ make $300,000 a year.