When I pay by cash in a restaurant, I get change back first and then I usually have enough small bank notes to give the wanted amount of tip. However due recent tendencies I tend to pay by card almost for everything. Fun as it be, I simply ... have no cash, or do not have it the form I am willing to give without change.
In Switzerland, the smallest note I can easily get from the cash machine is 20 sFr (roundly $20). It is often more than I am willing to give. 10 sFr exists but usually not available from cash machines and 5 sFr is already a coin that gets difficult to obtain.
Some payment devices in restaurants allow entering the wanted amount for tip. Unfortunately waiters tend to enter zero there before handing the device to me to enter the password. I do not understand exactly why they are doing this.
If I pay by card and have the suitable amount of cash available, I simply leave it on the table. This looks especially important to me when I go to the same restaurant repeatedly. But if I don't, I am forced to go away without leaving any tip at all, even if the service was good.
The options probably would be
- Ask the waiter to include the wanted amount of tip in payment from the card. When exactly should this be said and how approximately would the phrase sound?
- If they really dislike this way of getting tip, ask the waiter to split the larger bank note so I would have suitable cash to give a tip.
- Assume it is their problem that they enter zero for the tip before handing the device to me, and take this as a tip refusal, likely instructed by the management of the restaurant.
At the place I live and work, there is no easy access to the bank counter where I could ask for a big bag of the 5 sFr coins I usually prefer to give.
The most usable answer would be for Switzerland where I currently work, but if there is a stable rule in some other country, I could probably re-apply it so it also may be relevant.