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The "Tipping" Point

by Deborah Rinner, Vice President, Tero International


Whether we find ourselves digging into our wallet to find some single dollar bills to tip a porter, or doing the math on a receipt to calculate how much to leave our waiter, tipping is a part of everyday life. Not only customary in U.S., it signals gratitude to the one tipped for services rendered and is an opportunity for the tipper to communicate a level of graciousness and respect.

It is said tipping originated in the "penny university" coffeehouses in England. It originally meant "to insure promptness" and was a custom of giving a tip to encourage the server to get the drink to the customer promptly while it was hot.

Tipping hasn't always been popular in the U.S. In fact there was a decade in the early 1900s in which there was an Anti Tipping Society. An alliance of traveling salesman were so opposed to tipping, they managed to get it outlawed in seven states!

Their efforts did not prevail, as tipping is alive and well in the U.S. In fact, U.S. Americans paid out over $14 billion in tips last year. Tipping appropriately is something to be prepared to do and do well.

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These statistics clearly show the positive effect interpersonal skills have when it comes to tipping!

As a waitress from California stated: "I'd rather they left 15% and said "Thank you, have a nice day," than to leave a big tip and act like I'm not human. Kindness is conveyed in more ways than money".

Where In The World Is Waldo?

If you are traveling for business, check tipping customs before you depart. They do change, and having an idea prior to being in the situation and possibly without necessary currency is advisable. Magellans, a leader in travel supplies gave us permission to share their guide with you. However, times change customs so check before you go!

Worldwide Tipping Guide

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Brune

Bulgaria

Canada

Cayman Isles

Chile

China

Columbia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ecuador

Egypt

England

Figi

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Guatemala

Holland

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Luxembourg

Macao

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mexico

Morocco

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Norway

Oman

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Samoa

Saudi Arabia

Scotland

Singapore

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wales

General Tipping Information: Courtesy of Magellans

Asia and the Pacific: Special care must be taken to insure that your well-meaning gesture is not taken as insulting. If you are unsure, it is best not to tip. If possible, observe the locals and follow their lead.

Europe: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill. In most cases, an additional tip is unnecessary. If no service charge is added to your bill 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, a dollar per bag will be appreciated.

Middle East/Africa: While your tip will not be seen as insulting, it may be unnecessary. Once again, the best bet is to do as the locals do.

Central/South America: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill, and an additional tip is unnecessary. If not, 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, and a dollar per bag will be appreciated.


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