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Tipping refers to paying a gratuity for a service.

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Do you have to tip for late check out in US?

I've read in hotels you should tip porters (taking bags), bag staff if leaving your bags for the hotel to take care of for any length of time, room service, room cleaners ($2-3), and reception ...
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Do you tip airport wheelchair assistants at US airports

Occasionally I fly with an elderly relative that needs wheelchair help at the airport. This usually means informing the airline and they arrange for someone to help you through security and on to ...
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How much is customary to tip drivers in Georgia?

I.e. foreigners travelling with a tour agency based in Georgia. In their quotations they mention explcitely that the quote does not include tips for the drivers. How much is it customary to pay? i.e. ...
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Is tipping mandatory at restaurants in Canada?

Is tipping at restaurants mandated by law in Canada? Can a restaurant manager call the police if I chose not to tip? I am not interested in any ethical or employment laws grounds. Just want to know ...
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Daily tipping hotel staff in coins (US)

I'm in the US for a business trip in a period of one week. In my first day (Sunday) I left the room very late, and thought there would be no room service so the room was very messy from my arrival, ...
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How to reward good service in Japan?

I was recently in Japan and a couple of my Airbnb hosts and a particular bookstore clerk were exceedingly kind and accommodating, even by the high standards of Japanese service. I left them the best ...
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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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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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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 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 tipping customary in London in a restaurant?

If I am going to a restaurant in London, would it be customary to tip the waiter/waitress when I receive the bill? Would it be seem as offensive if I don’t?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Are cash tips still expected in cities where nearly everything is cashless?

As an example I've recently been to Paris and the level of credit card adoption there is so high I didn't once need to take out cash. I likewise assume many of the locals avoid cash altogether and ...
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How to tip a concierge or a hotel porter?

Tipping in a restaurant is simple enough, you give 0-20% depending on country, city and how good the service is. You are already handing someone money, so saying keep the change, or ask for 10 euros ...
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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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What is included in “hotel gratuities”?

I've recently booked a trip to Mexico through Groupon. The trip is booked as all-inclusive. There is a section in the deal description that says that all "hotel taxes and gratuities included." What ...
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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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U.K. no tip line on receipt?

Just arrived in Cambridge, UK for the first time today and when I went out for lunch (at Revolution), they put my card in a handheld machine but never asked/provided a way for me to tip. I've read U....
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Is it normal practice to tip an Uber driver in London?

I've never used Uber in London and will need to transfer from LHR to SW1. Is it customary to tip the Uber driver?
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How much to tip uber driver going out of his way to get me my phone? [closed]

I was traveling to San Francisco the other day when I took an uber to my hotel, and I accidentally left my phone in the car. I got a call from the driver the next day saying he'd found it, and when I ...
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How to communicate that a tip to staff on a cruise ship is additional to those prepaid?

My wife and I will be traveling on Carnival Cruise lines here in a few days. We did the prepaid tips. However I find that two staff members can make a trip extra special. Those would be the waiter ...
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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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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 do I book a taxi ride in Spain?

I am arriving in Malaga, Spain, on 22nd of Sep. My destination is a small resort 100km away from Malaga. After some research on Google map, there is no train or bus that can take us from Malaga. It ...
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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-...