Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tips on tipping


Alex Veiga, AP, says many people are not sure how to tip while overseas or even in the US.

No matter what you hear about "greasing the palms" abroad, tipping is not as common there. In NY and LA, patrons may leave 20% on the amount minus the sales tax. In France and Japan, tipping is not expected—it may have been added as a 15% service fee, with another 5% expected in some countries.

Some places write in a “suggested tip.” You can do whatever you want.

Many people add a buck a drink—this is not expected abroad in most cases.

Taxis tips are to the nearest Euro or pound.

Tour guides in Europe get as much as 3 Euros.

The US custom of tipping hotel staff for making up the room and carrying your luggage is spreading to Europe. In Japan, this is not expected unless a special service is rendered—then put up to $40 in an envelope and hand it discreetly.

Massages—10 to 15%.

Tipping is not allowed in China—but for tour guides, especially, it’s catching on. You can give candy, t-shirts, and other small gifts.

Sounds like fun, people—wish I were going.

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