Tip or not to tip? – that’s the question.


My dear readers. ❤️

Many times the question about to tip or not comes up, when I’m out with friends.

What is your opinion in the question? I would really like to know what you think. If you tip, how much and if you choose to not tip, why do you choose to not give something extra for good service and good food?

In many countries its costumes to give the people who helped you. Specially in service job where the payment is low. And even some countries the employers gives so low payments, so the staff need the tip to survive.

Heard from friends specially in USA the staff chase you down the streets if you haven’t tipped them.

Me personally always tips. About 10% for a lunch/dinner is my norm. What is yours?

Here in Spain it’s been a big question for quite a while now. Of course if it’s been a bad service, I choose to not tip.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years (here in the USA) tipping is part of the culture for the industry. The restaurant industry is notorious for paying low wages, so those tips are the livelihood of the front of the house employees. Usually, 20% of the total bill is customary, although there are no absolute rules. If the service is exceptional, tip more, if the service is not tip less, and if you are really unhappy with the service, the food, or the restaurant, YOU DO NOT have to tip at all. Yes, sadly, there are those bad waiters that chase you down, but they ARE IN THE WRONG! I would fire any of my staff for doing that, on the spot. Tips are NOT mandatory at all, they are a gift as as appreciation of good service.

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Thank you for your point of view. Specially as you know the industry. Didn’t knew that it’s about 20% tip in USA. I know people, who is always never give any tips at all. Here in Spain I give more in tips then in Sweden. Is it the same in Canada as in USA?

      1. You are very welcome. I am not sure about Canada, but I know in Australia they do not tip very much at all, but they pay their employees more too.

      2. Dinner Bank says:

        Australia sounds very much like Sweden. In Sweden it’s not at all common to tip but they got payed a lot more.

      3. There are pros and cons to both ways. No one way is perfect.

  2. charlypriest says:

    In my paaaaaast life I worked amongst other jobs as a bartender-food to delivery table guy, here in Spain is not require or expected for the customers to give tips, but I certainly appreciate it and more also I appreciate it when you did your job good, you presented yourself good and they laughed with you and at you but they are smiling. That was nice.

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Thanks for your comment. 👍 Yes definitely you are worth your tip then! I love when the service give me a big smile or a laugh together. 👍

  3. Dinner Bank says:

    Should the tip be shared with the kitchen or not?

  4. I always like to tip, as long as I know the tips go to the staff and not management as I’ve seen many times. I never tip if service charge applies and that’s a bugbear in itself. Charging for service, what would they have me do? Pop in to the kitchen and serve myself? Surely that’s why people go out to eat – to be served!

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      That’s why I always pays the tip in cash. To be sure it goes to the people who served me and did a good job. With cards it’s easy it goes to the owner…
      Service change is a crap I think and should not be allowed, in my opinion.

      1. I always tip in cash and I ask the staff if they get to keep their tips. If they say NO, I don’t tip. I agree, no service charge. Some restaurants charge for groups of 8 or more, or 10 or more? etc. How does that work?

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