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Tipping refers to paying a gratuity for a service.

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Tipping in hotels in Germany

When staying in a hotel in Germany (Bavaria), what are the customs concerning tipping hotel staff, in particular chambermaids? Is tipping expected, and if yes, how much? What is a reasonable amount ...
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Does the automatic gratuity on cruises actually go towards the salary of cruise employees?

Most cruise lines add an automatic gratuity to each passengers bill. I don't mind tipping if the money actually goes towards the employee, but I absolutely abhor giving businesses extra cash under the ...
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Should I tip on the Amtrak train?

I've never rode on an Amtrak train before- in this case I'll be riding the Silver Star which allows for checked luggage and has a dining car. Is it customary to tip Amtrak personnel? For example- is ...
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Can I adjust automatic gratuities after disembarkation on Carnival Cruise Lines in the USA?

I don't want to discuss the ethics or practices of tipping. I just need to know if there is any way to adjust the automatic gratuities after I leave the ship. I know that I agreed to this when ...
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Is it okay for a ticket seller in the USA to refuse to give you your change, keep it for themselves and claim it's a tip?

Some years ago (2014) my friends and I did a trip to New York City, during which we were having meals in many restaurants and giving tips to the waiters, the way it's done in the USA. However, later ...
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Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity in a restaurant?

I got the following receipt at some restaurant in the USA: Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity, or pay a lower percentage of gratuity, given that it wasn't mentioned on the menu and no restaurant ...
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How to tip room cleaning in the US if you don't use cash?

As a matter of habit, I never deal with cash while staying in the US. All I have on hand is a few credit cards, which also means using the ATM would incur fees. At the same time I am aware that it's ...
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Do hotel cleaning personnel have any benefit from leaving empty bottles in the room as opposed to returning them to the store?

In some countries a way of tipping the cleaning personnel is to leave a small amount of money (e.g. In Portugal about €1). While in Germany, I have noticed the well known pro-recycling policy that ...
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Tipping in the US when paying in advance

On a couple of occasions during a recent trip to the US, I paid in a restaurant when I ordered (at a walk-up counter), and was invited to add a tip to the CC slip. The food and drink is then brought ...
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Is it normal/expected to tip taxi drivers in the UK?

I've lived in the UK all my life, but since I have got relatively few shared taxis in my life, I don't have that much experience of what the social norms are for tipping. I almost always tip roughly ...
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Is it customary to tip in Guam?

I just came back from a recent trip in Guam and, as a French person that is not used to this habit, I didn't tip in taxi, restaurant,... Is it customary to tip in Guam? Sure, it is a (non-...
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Is it normal to tip an Uber driver in Canada?

What's the answer if I: have luggage, like checked baggage for flights? don't have any luggage? If I ought to tip, how much? Thanks! This is the Canadian version of Is it normal practice to tip ...
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Is tipping expected in Indonesia?

I noticed that my taxi driver stood around expectantly for a few moments after dropping me off from the airport; giving him 20k Rupiah seemed to satisfy him, but I was pretty much shooting from the ...
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Expected tip for driver of rented car in Sri Lanka

I traveled around Sri Lanka in a rented car with driver. The contract has this note: Above Price Not includes Driver Tip - We encourage our customers , whenever they wish, to offer drivers tips ...
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Tipping for pre-paid shuttle service in the US?

On an upcoming trip to the USA, I've booked a ~$300 shuttle to take us from the airport to a city two hours away. I've prepaid it, if that has any bearing. A few days later I'm using the same shuttle ...
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Is it appropriate for a cruise ship beer dispenser to charge gratuity/tip?

We are currently on a Caribbean cruise operated out of Miami. On board there is a beer dispenser (PYOB - Pour Your Own Beer), which charges per ounce directly to my room. The machine is self-operated, ...
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Is there a way to cancel “automatic tipping” on Carnival cruise before the last day?

When you book a Carnival cruise, and check in, it automatically assigns you the "suggested" amount of gratuities. Despite it being "suggested" and "optional", it is applied automatically by default. ...
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What is the social convention on leaving no tip for bad service in US restaurants? [duplicate]

The unofficial social convention in the US seems to be that everyone tips 15-20% on their food and in exchange very good service is expected, compared to other countries. But what if I didn't like the ...
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How to tip in Hungary/Budapest?

In a few weeks we'll be at Budapest for our holidays. We'll try to avoid tourist traps and we will pay in cash. In order to avoid more friction than that generated by the obvious language barrier, ...
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Tipping in Poland: saying “thank you” when the waiter collects your money

I read that while tipping in Poland is standard, you should not say "thank you" to the waiter when he takes the cash if you are expecting change. Otherwise, he will assume that the amount overpaid is ...
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Is tipping a flight attendant acceptable?

This article is full of supposed "secrets" that most everyone knows about flying. But one thing it mentions is: 14. Tipping could go a long way. My girlfriend is a flight attendant. NO ONE ...
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Is tipping considered rude in Japan

In japan, is it considered rude to leave a tip in Restaurant/Pub? I read that tip was even refused at pubs. Generally in Europe/India, i leave a tip and it is expected. Update: I am now back from ...
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Can I use Uber in Bali?

I'm going to Bali in the next month and want to know what the situation is with Uber, Is it legally accepted? I've heard you tip the Uber drivers?
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Is tipping mandatory at Restaurants and Bars in Germany?

In Bavaria, I paid for my drink, I asked her for "Ruckgeld", but only got the integer part of the money back, the rest of it, she kept it for tip! I looked her in the eye and she understood that I ...
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What to tip a complimentary limo in Vegas?

I'm booked-in for a stay at a major casino-hotel in Vegas where the extortionate room fee includes a complimentary limo pick-up from the airport to the hotel - complete with driver holding a sign-up ...
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How much should I tip in restaurants in Germany?

There is already a question about whether tips are mandatory in Germany, but how much should I tip?
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How to tip in Morocco? [closed]

What are appropriate tipping practices for traveling through major cities in the country, including food, accommodations, activities, etc?
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Do I tip a bellhop for services other than transporting luggage?

I'm staying at a nice (U.S.) hotel for a conference. When I check out, they're going to let me leave my luggage there for a few hours until my flight in the evening. The concierge has informed me that ...
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What is a typical room cleaning tip in Montreal?

This fall, I will be traveling for work and staying in a relatively nice hotel in Montreal for six nights. I've never stayed this long in a hotel before. Is a tip for room cleaning expected in ...
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Is there a reason why housekeeping wouldn't accept a tip?

When I stay in a US hotel, I like to leave a tip for housekeeping. I usually leave $2 (two singles) somewhere obvious that this is for them - not just something I've left behind by accident. Usually ...
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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

I am going to a Michelin three-star restaurant in New York City this fall. On their website, it says that for the fixed-price tasting menu, both the course menu and the beverage pairing are ”inclusive ...
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How much to tip for a free meal in Mexico?

The hotels in the area when I am staying often offer breakfast included with the room. At the end of the meal, they usually drop off a tray with candies which also says 'Tips' or 'Propina' (Spanish ...
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Tipping at all inclusive resort

I'm on all inclusive vacation in Greece. I would like to somehow express my appreciation on staff and service. Is this common? How could that be done in a way the money goes to the people (and is not ...
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Tipping in South Africa

In what situations and how much do you tip in South Africa? I have heard in restaurants between 10 to 20 percent if no service charge, and around five for service station and car parking attendants. ...
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How can I find restaurants in the USA where tipping is not expected?

I am uncomfortable with tipping and would much rather eat at sit-down restaurants in the United States that pay their employees fairly without expecting customers to supplement with tips (as occurs in ...
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When staying in a US hotel, should I tip the housekeeping? [duplicate]

I grew up outside the US, and in our culture, tipping almost never ever happens. I am aware that when eating at a restaurant in the US, you are expected to tip between 15-20%. When I stay in a hotel ...
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How to avoid hotels with bellhops in the USA

Many guides to tipping in the USA include a specification to tip a "bellhop" at a hotel, which is apparently an employee who expects to be paid separately for the "service" of accompanying the guest ...
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How much to tip in the United States?

Tipping customs in the United States can be surprising for people who travel there for the first time. It happened to me when I used a shuttle van service out of LAX a few years ago. To sum up the ...
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The purpose of glass goblets with coins in Italian cafes

In many cafes in Italy there are glass goblets with coins in liquid on the counter. What is their purpose? Is it for tips or some local tradition (for luck or fortune or whatever else)? If for tips - ...
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Tipping for meals in Thailand

What are the Thai tipping habits for meals? I expect that it depends on type of establishment: street stalls, budget restaurants, upscale restaurants. I've read that it's common to leave either 10% of ...
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Why do British restaurants call their automatically added service charges anything from “optional” to “discretionary”?

I've seen this happen in such a huge number of places I've dined at and it's a bit hilarious - "a 12.5% discretionary service fee has been added to your tab.". I don't mind and always tip 5-20% as I ...
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How much should I tip for a private tour in India?

I booked a private tour of the Golden Triangle in India over 7 days. The tour site recommended the following gratuities: Local Guides: INR 1000 – INR 1500 for full day sightseeing ...
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What is the tipping process in restaurants in the US?

I'm supposed to write down something on the bill I get? Do I hand the waiter my credit card after doing so? Since I need a receipt, do I wait for the waiter to bring things back? What's the process, ...
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Tipping for takeout food in the USA

When I go to a restaurant in the USA and order food for takeout, am I supposed to tip?
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The procedure of tipping in the US [duplicate]

I recently went to the US and was a little bit confused about the tipping procedure sometimes. I found many resources on how much to tip, but now how exactly it goes down. To my understanding, tipping ...
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Should I tip at “full serve” gas stations?

The other day in North America I went through a gas station that offered both self-serve pumps and "full-serve" pumps (someone will fill your tank). I expected to help myself but I accidentally ...
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In Argentina, am I expected to tip the delivery guy if the restaurant already charged me a delivery fee? [closed]

I know tipping is voluntary in Argentina, but tipping the delivery guy is customary here and I do when there's no delivery fee. The restaurant in question is already charging me a rather high amount ...
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Is it rude to pay tips in Iran?

One of my friends, asked me if he could tip the waiter after we had a delicious Kebab :) for dinner, and I was just puzzled since I didn't know the answer. It's totally rare and not common at all to ...
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How to tip in the USA with a European debit card

Something I've noticed the last few times I've been in the US is that when I pay at a restaurant with my European debit card I'm given a receipt (after the card has been swiped) where I can input the ...
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Is tipping with a foreign currency acceptable/appreciated? [closed]

I'm traveling from Peru to New Zealand and I have some leftover Soles. I'm curious if I were in a coffee shop or a restaurant: how would my server react to a tip that includes a foreign currency? To ...