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Is it mandatory to tip in Czech Republic? I went to a restaurant and in the end I was shown a ticket with the bill and an handwritten paper with extra 10%.

I read somewhere that tipping is usual but the service was so bad that I was decided not to tip.

What is the general practice?

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Seems like good advice here including "And never, ever reward bad, rude, sullen or sneery service!" –  pnuts Jul 21 at 21:22
    
Hopefully Parisian restaurants pay their wait services living wages.... badum dum psh. :P –  CGCampbell Jul 24 at 12:15
    
I was always taught to tip well, so my normal tip tends to be 20%, heading down if service is unexpectedly deplorable. I guess I would like to know if this might actually be problematic, although I'd be likely to tip that without thought. –  CGCampbell Jul 24 at 15:19

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You've just seen a reason why to avoid tourist trap restaurants in the centre of Prague.

Just today there is an article published in Czech newspapers about these service charges in the centre of Prague. They write that English speaking inspectors got these additional charges 5-15 % in many restaurants they checked. That never happened when they spoke Czech. In one of the restaurants the staff didn't return enough change back. Source (in Czech): http://www.novinky.cz/ekonomika/343108-jsi-cizinec-mas-priplatek-uctuje-ho-vetsina-kontrolovanych-restauraci-v-praze.html

My own experience is somewhat different from Jan's, I would say for a dinner or evening beer drinking we usually tip around 10 % and even more (but also less) if it is convenient when rounding. Of course we go to our favourite places so the service is good (it wouldn't be a favourite place otherwise :) ). When the bill is high the percentage tends to get lower, even considerably.

For a lunch in the canteen I do not tip at all, of course.

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I don't know what you consider the center of Prague, but I was definitly not in District 1. I was actually in a street near Legerova and I chose the restaurant for the fact that most people seemed locals. I also had the same issue with the "wrong" change. –  nsn Jul 24 at 11:09
    
Legerova is not the most inner centre with many tourist traps (Old Town Square, Little Quarter), but it is still the edge of the centre (actually the place where the old city walls stood). But in this region locals indeed normally go for their lunch. –  Vladimir F Jul 24 at 11:17
    
What in the world is "the canteen"??? You write it as if there is only one. Who or what is a "canteen"? –  Jim Beam Sep 8 at 17:02
    
google.com/… –  Vladimir F Sep 8 at 19:27

I am not aware of any "common" rule around here except that tip is almost always given by rounding the price up to next multiple of 5 or 10 CZK. Which makes the usual amount depend on the price quite a lot, considering that normal pub where commoners go to lunch the lunch costs around 100 CZK.

Tip is not mandatory. It is quite common, but usually not that high. It would only reach 10% if you were really satisfied. Often it ranges around 2-8 CZK for 100 CZK depending on the rounding.

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I wouldn't consider CZK 2 a standard tip for a full meal. I always tend to have couple small coins in my wallet for the case when the price is 98 or 108, so that I can comfortably tip e.g. to 105 or 115. –  tohecz Jul 22 at 7:47
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When the price is 108, I just say "115", even if I don't have change, if the service was decent. –  Jan Hudec Jul 22 at 7:49

Tipping isn't mandatory by definition. Gratuities may be added under certain circumstances as menus often explain in advance (e.g., for a table with unusually many guests), but that is part of the bill, which is mandatory – at least, this is how it works in the USA. My experience with the Czech Republic is limited, but when I tipped a waiter in Brno a few years ago, he seemed pleasantly surprised. A local hostel employee had accompanied me at the time, and explained that tipping is somewhat unusual there. I see from @pnuts' link that tipping may be more expected than my hostel friend thought though – maybe especially in Prague where tourism is more common and people are more accustomed to receiving or even relying on business from foreign customers. It's still tipping though; it's not mandatory. I'd still tip at the rate I'm used to in the USA if I were lucky enough to return today, but only for satisfactory service.

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BTW, lest anyone think me a cheapskate, the rate I'm used to tipping is higher than that link advises :) However, that's not to say I'm not a cheapskate by other criteria... –  Nick Stauner Jul 22 at 0:49

The most commonly used rule for tipping here is: Between 5 and 10 percent.

I think that it's necessary to provide some background to the prices as well: Most restaurants have large profits on drinks, not only on meals, therefore you quite often pay even for plain water, because they don't want to lose their profits. However, no tips are included in the prices (this may differ if you pay by card). Sometimes, there's an extra payment for service, but this is mostly in places you don't want to visit for a generally bad price/quality ratio.

Can you give no tips at all? Yes, of course, especially if you weren't satisfied.

Can you give larger tips than 10 %? Yes of course, especially if they were willing to fulfill your special wishes, were really friendly etc.

It doesn't hurt to give some feedback, especially if something was extremly good or bad. As always.

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Well, the waiters always get some salary, so this has to be included in the price. It would not be legal otherwise. The salary is not high as it is expected they will make some extra on tips, but tips are not their sole income. –  Jan Hudec Jul 22 at 7:55
    
@JanHudec I think we agree on that point :) –  tohecz Jul 22 at 8:43

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