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You were taken advantage of. Tipping is very prevalent in the US, but it is extremely unusual to tip someone who sells you tickets to a tourist attraction. I've never done it or heard of it. Even if you were being given a guided tour, where tipping the guide is normal, its usual to do it after the tour and after you have decided how good it was. The cashier ...


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Given your update, I have doubts you were been taken advantage of. Sales tax in New York city ads up to about 8.875%. Sales tax is almost never included in the price of anything in the US, including tickets. The calculation of sales tax for today on that amount would be 0.08875 * 138 = $12.2475. This is suspiciously close to the number you claim was for ...


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Yes, unlike flights or buses in the U.S., long-distance Amtrak travel includes the expectation that passengers will give gratuities to certain members of the service crew. It is not required (i.e. Amtrak cannot pursue you legally if you choose not to pay tips, and Amtrak staff are not supposed to solicit them), but it is expected. It is not directly ...


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I would leave a hand written thank you card at their place. If you think that’s not enough you can buy a small gift for their property. A Photo frame, or a mug for example.


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Yes, you are expected to have some cash for tipping purposes. You might also need it if a bellman carries your bags to/from your room or you receive other tipped services. Many people don't tip housekeeping, but if you're going to leave a tip, do it in cash. The front desk should be happy to make change if you need it; they want you to be able to tip. With ...


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Since the personnel doesn't know if a guest will take empty bottles with him at the end of his stay, simply removing empty bottles from the room can be considered theft. I guess, in Portugal (or anywhere else on earth), the personnel will also not remove money found somewhere in the room; the code is to place the tip clearly visible on the pillow. But how to ...


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If you don't want to tip the people who serve you in the US, then don't stay in a hotel, eat in a restaurant, etc. That's the only real answer. When you travel to other countries, you are expected to make at least a token effort to accommodate local customs and expected behavior, even when it's inconvenient. Tipping service people in the US is expected ...


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Disclaimer: I'm not American, so the extreme tipping culture is pretty alien to me, but I did find some information online which seemed to be accurate when I've been around on Amtrak before. At the dining car, your meals are free if you have sleeping accommodation, but whether or not you've paid for your meal, the suggestion is to look at the prices on the ...


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Can a restaurant manager call the police if I chose not to tip? No, once you have paid your bill you have fulfilled your legal requirement to the restaurant including any 'gratuity' entry the bill may contain Whether it is a good idea not to tip is another question. You will find very many questions here on this topic that is specific to the United ...


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No you cannot. Part of the game that Carnival and the other lines play is that they claim the gratuities are optional but they only let you adjust them in person on the ship on the last day of the cruise (when customer service is at its busiest). Essentially you can only change the gratuities by giving up several hours of your time on the cruise. It goes ...


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Does hotel cleaning personnel have any benefit from leaving empty bottles in the room as opposed to returning them to the store? None at all, at least not officially. The bottles do not belong to the cleaning staff. Even if you put them in the trash bin, the contents of the trash bin does not belong to the cleaning staff. There have been court cases about ...


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In my experience as a Canadian citizen, it's normal (though not necessarily expected) to tip taxi drivers a few dollars per trip, and I don't see why it would be different for Uber drivers. I would say if you have heavy luggage or many smaller pieces that it's polite to tip a couple dollars or so extra for their trouble, though it's still up to you.


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It may be possible; I would certainly try. But you will have to sue them in the small claims court. You would represent yourself, the fee is small ($30 or so), and it becomes part of judgment if you win the case. What you could argue is that the "we charge you automatic gratuities which you have to jump through multiple hoops to cancel" was not part of the ...


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Fairly typical etiquette among those who tip housekeeping is usually to tip every day the service is provided. It may be done by different people on different days, so providing a tip at the time the work is done makes sense. I'm sure it will be appreciated regardless though. In any event, I don't think it's intrinsically rude to leave an appropriate tip ...


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I got an answer from the tour operator: Though we pay a good salary to our staff, clients usually tip them for their good job. Generally on a tour for 2  persons they tip minimum US$ 20 - $25 total per day for the guide and about $15 - $20 total per day for the driver. However, it is upon you to add more or pay less. It is nevertheless quite ...


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While I've never been to georgia, when I was touring eastern europe with friends, we usually tipped all our drivers 5% - 10%. Depending on where you're travelling from, if you can afford to let go of a few coins then whether it's customary or not, it's a good idea.


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The reason why it can be rude is because you give something that they didn't ask for. It's like you give nice jeans to someone who is walking in pyjama by saying I feel sorry for you, here is new jeans. Tipping at a restaurant, kinda same concept, it's not about appreciating their service. It's like saying "I feel sorry that you are a waiter and I m pretty ...


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Just to add some perspective to those who have never worked in the service industry. Many servers are working for less than minimum wage. This is in part that servers end up making tips. Mind you, they often have to tip out to the bartender who makes drinks, as well as the kitchen. This means a $100.00 bill for your meal/drinks, ends up requiring that ...


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I think tipping for normal paid work is a bad habit to support and is not expected or traditional in Germany. I never leave tips other than (generously) rounding off. And none to housekeepers etc


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