Should we tip in restaurants and cafes? What percentage is acceptable? Who should we tip and who shouldn’t we tip? We’ll be discussing this question in this episode of Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig
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Blog post on tipping in the UK
BBC blog post on tipping: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45701799
“Restaurants will be legally bar red from keeping tips from staff in the UK. The move follows a public outcry (clamor, protesta) in 2015, when it emerged that many High Street chains routinely took up to 10% of tips paid by credit and debit card.”
Some restaurants keep a percentage of the tips to cover the charge of processing the credit card payment.
Do you usually leave a tip in cash or on the card?
Who should we tip? (hairdressers, taxi drivers, hotel receptionists/porters, bar staff, teachers, postal service delivery people)
Should you tip even if the service isn’t that good? Why/Why not?
Tipping in the UK
According to Tripsavvy.com ( https://www.tripsavvy.com/when-is-tipping-expected-1662410 )
Takeaway restaurants: small change
Taxi drivers: 10%
Hotel staff: 1-2 pounds
Tour guide: 10-15%
There is a concept called “Service Charge” in the UK, which means you are obliged to pay 10 – 20% extra if you are a (large) group, typically 6 or more people.
It must be written on the menu. If it is written, you must pay it. What do you think about this? For further info:
Tipping in the US
According to USA Today ( https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/06/14/much-tip-depends/71137254/ )
Bartenders: $1-$2 per drink or 15-20% of the bar tab
Car valets: $2-$5 to retrieve your vehicle
Taxi drivers/hair stylists/manicurists/masseurs: 15-20%
Pizza delivery: at least $2
Bellhop: $2 to start, then an additional $1 per bag
Hotel staff/room cleaners etc: $2-$5 per night
Tipping in Spain
According to Tripsavvy.com ( https://www.tripsavvy.com/should-you-tip-in-spain-1644349 ), tipping is less uniform in Spain than the UK/USA, depending on several more factors.
Why are tips in Spain generally much smaller than the UK/USA?
Leave the small change?
Does it make a difference if you’re a regular or not?
Would you tip more in an expensive restaurant than in a local ‘menu del día’ bar?
What do you think about the fact that tipping was, for a short time, prohibited by law in Barcelona!?
George Orwell, who witnessed it first hand, describes the context, (possibly better than anyone else could), in his non-fiction book about the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia:
“…Tipping had been forbidden by law since the time of Primo de Rivera; almost my first experience was receiving a lecture from a hotel manager for trying to tip a lift-boy…”
Should we tip?
What started out as a reward for exceptional service has now become compulsory.
“Tipping starts with people wanting to be generous or to show off, but then it becomes something where people just do it because it’s expected of them,” says Michael Lynn, a professor of consumer behavior and marketing at Cornell University who has written more than 50 research papers on tipping. When we tip, we are essentially buying the right to avoid disapproval and guilt — a uniquely first-world problem.
“Studies by Michael Lynn have shown that waitresses with larger breasts, smaller body sizes and blond hair tend to earn more tips than waitresses without such attributes.
A separate study by Lynn found that white servers are tipped more than black servers for the same quality service and regardless of the race of the customer.“
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. What’s your view on tipping? Which professions expect tips in your country. What percentage, if any, is acceptable in restaurants where you live?
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