See, this thing about workers getting minimum wage doesn't make a difference to me as I'm from the UK originally and we have a standard minimum wage too but we still tip more than in Australia. I would tip my hairdresser, taxi driver, Pizza delivery, waiter/waitress at least 10%. It's really not much, and minimum wage isn't much to live on either. Tips bump up their wages. So I am happy and comfortable tipping but am still only getting to grips with the non tipping culture here
It is lovely to tip, but statistically Australia is one of the most expensive countries to live in the world and many can't afford to tip on top of what they pay for a service. 10%+ on everything adds up quickly.
Nope we don't tip. Restaurant and cafe service is more often than not pretty abysmal and we think it's getting worse! Why would I tip when I need to go order my own food/coffee at the counter and all they do is bring it to the table? (And then have tipping dishes on the counter! Ha!). Even places with table service are crap, they often don't come back once they've given you the main (not just restricted to cheaper/casual places, we went out a lot this past weekend and even fancier places had ****ty service). Drives me mad!
Also if it's anyone that deserves tipping more it's fast food workers (behind the counters), check out chicks etc, not wait and bar staff who get very decent wages.
Maybe I'm just a tightass but unless service is pretty amazing it doesn't even cross my mind.
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