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    Whoever said they don't ever tip taxi drivers, I COMPLETELY agree. At least in Melbourne, they are mostly terrible...and I find most of them ask ME for directions!!!

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    I'm interested. Do those that tip hospitality tip all staff that work with the public to provide a service or just hospitality. There's no right or wrong answer, I'm just interested how people will tip a pizza delivery driver but I've never heard of people tipping a check out chick, the girl that works at Liquorland or a hair dresser.

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    No, I don't tip. I think I pay more than enough for my food, either delivered or not, and staff get paid a good wage.

    Tipping in the U.S. occurs because their wages are abysmal (some places can pay waiters less than $3 an hour). Their minimum wage is very low and they earn most of their income from tips. Wages in Australia are excellent comparatively.

    Also, when I was a waitress in my uni days, it was a part of our contract to pass any tips received on to the owners. We weren't allowed to keep them. It was under the guise of the tips being used for work Xmas parties etc, however they would have made thousands from tips and obviously our parties never cost that much.

    This was the case in a couple of restaurants I worked in, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a common practice. Appalling, because it defeats the purpose of tipping an individual for good service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J37 View Post
    Whoever said they don't ever tip taxi drivers, I COMPLETELY agree. At least in Melbourne, they are mostly terrible...and I find most of them ask ME for directions!!!

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    My DH went to a work conference in Syd a while ago. Got this cabbie that didn't turn on the meter and charged him $120 to take him to the hotel (other staff paid $50). He's a country guy and felt pressured to pay. So many city drivers are shonky.

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    I am another who didn't realise people in Australia actually tip. I thought it was an American thing. I don't tip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    when i was in the US in 2011, i found the whole tipping thing so hard at first.. some places add the tip to your final bill, some dont so you have to work out a good amount to leave..after 2 days of stressing out about it, I decided 10% of the bill would be enough and usually i rounded it up anyway..another thing that annoyed me was $1 notes...my room was serviced daily so i always left at least $5 a day for the room attendant- I spoke to one of the girls and she said she was paid $7/an hour and had 4 kids to feed etc and no husband and she worked 12-14 hour days to make ends meet... on my last day i tipped her $50 in $10 notes and told her to give each of her kids $10 and her self an extra $10... I felt so bad that she worked so hard every day and here i was on a holiday away from my family because i wanted to.. when i came home, it made me appreciate what we have here and how lucky we are to have a good pay rate
    I hate $1 notes when we visit the US! The only thing they are good for is tipping.

    I think the minimum in the US you are meant to tip is 15%

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I'm interested. Do those that tip hospitality tip all staff that work with the public to provide a service or just hospitality. There's no right or wrong answer, I'm just interested how people will tip a pizza delivery driver but I've never heard of people tipping a check out chick, the girl that works at Liquorland or a hair dresser.
    It's mainly service staff - so behind the counter at Coles or liquor land no but waiters, taxi drivers, sommeliers , bar staff , door men, bell boys and I don't use home delivery services very often but yeah any one that delivers something to me on a Friday night I don't might giving a few extra dollars too , my hairdresser and other regularly used services I don't tip but do give presents too at Xmas to show appreciation

    We sometimes get presents and extras from clients and yes it might sometimes be flowers or wine but it does make you feel good and I don't mind giving a few extra dollars if I have it if I get good service

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincolns mummy View Post
    I hate $1 notes when we visit the US! The only thing they are good for is tipping.

    I think the minimum in the US you are meant to tip is 15%
    Yep, in restaurants etc standard is 15-20%

    I hated the whole tipping thing in the US. I know why they have to do it because of the ridiculously low wages they pay, but I think they should fix that instead!

    Often a tip is already added to the bill and then you have to dispute it if you don't want to top that much. When a tip percentage is 'standard' it's not a tip to me, it's a fee!

    I don't really tip here. I live in Australia and I would hate it if we became a tipping society. However, if I'm paying with cash I do tell delivery people, taxis, some cafés etc to keep the change. Mostly because I personally would feel like a bit of a knob standing there with my hand out waiting for $1 or something

    PS I would never tip my hairdresser, I recently worked out she's charging more per hour than some of the lawyers do at work! Lol

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    5 cents? From an even $36.

    I wouldn't tip a driver...I usually always pay by card but if for some reason I had cash on me I would wait for my change. I didn't even know you were supposed to tip the driver, especially if you're already paying a delivery fee.

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    I don't tip here, we have minimum wage in Australia - so unlike America, people actually get paid a decent amount.

    However, when I went on P&O a few weeks back, I thought it was an Aussie company - so I assumed they got paid our minimum wages. After talking to some serial cruisers, I found out that a) not only are they not Australian boats - but that Aussies aren't allowed to work on the boats because they don't pay minimum wage. In fact, the wages are so appalling that I felt horrified about it. They work 8 months straight - 7 days a week, and are payed a small wage, but most of that wage is then taken back by P&O for "board and food". So heck yes - I tipped everyone after that.

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