| SamoneLenior wrote:|
I don't get the confusion
if you don't like how things are done in your country regarding tipping and what servers are paid then don't eat a places that do not pay their workers well and rely on tips
if you get the structure is not fair to workers, but still want to eat out, tip well
would this not work where you are?
Oh, I think you misunderstood my post. I wasnt complaining about the system here.
I was just pointing out that you cant expect tipping to be a big to-do for persons whose cultures are different - such as mine --i am not familiar with the issues in the US regarding servers and wages etc.
But its not the same here (as i said in my other post, servers do get overtime, some portions of their wages are tax free, etc, and there is a service charge at most places, so customers are already paying extra, in a sense.).
Culturally, its just not a "thing" to tip. Of course, there are those people tip, because they enjoyed the meal, the service, they want to be polite, show their gratitude, for the overall service etc ---but they're not doing it with the thought to supplement the workers' wages, or because they know servers jobs arent easy, etc.
Here, you tip if you feel you should/want to/can....not because its an obligation or responsibility. Not knocking anyone for doing it, but I just think it should be understood that we are talking about different cultures here.
So its not the great issue it seems to be for most of the other posters here, who are Americans. The cultures/situations are not the same, as somebody else pointed out.
Edited by Wildfire - Jul 03 2014 at 2:53pm