In most states in America, tipping was there to make up the difference of the minimum wage and they pay a tax on their tips, so it's part of their income, not a bonus above their income so to speak. I know in Massachusetts the minimum wage was as little as $2.15 or something like that an hour!
You also tip based on how well you think the service was or wasn't. When tipping we used to work on the rule of thumb: 25% for stellar service, 20% for very good, 15% for ok and 10% for poor service.
Be careful though, with a foreign accent, as some may already have a 'service charge' already in the bill, but try it on for a tip as well.
You tip services like taxis, restaurants, valets, conciege/housekeeping, hairdressers/beauty therapists, Manicurists, Tour guides, masseurs, barman/women, baristas etc. Places like McDonalds etc may have a tip jar, but don't feel at all obligated to tip there.
It's a little tricky at first when it's not second nature to tip, but after a week living there, it will become second nature to you.
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01-04-2012 22:15 #41
02-04-2012 05:37 #42
oh god sounds scary hahaha so like take away foods places and clothes shops etc you don't have to ??
02-04-2012 06:53 #43
I Em I have the lonely plant guide of the US unfortunately I never got the chance to use it as I was planning my second trip there when I met DH who is not interested in traveling however when the kids grow up I'll be off again lol. It's about 7years old but I'm sure nothing much has changed in that time. I'd be happy to post it to you if you'd like it
Oh I have also been too LA, San Francisco, San Diego (sp??) , Seattle and Mexico (great shopping there but do go on a tour, much safer) although that was some 16years ago and I loved it
I hope you have a ball, how exciting
02-04-2012 08:24 #44
02-04-2012 08:28 #45
And if your missing Australian food and Australian accents go and visit "The Australian". Its a bar and restaurant in NYC that has sausages and mashed potato, lamb roast, meat pies and the staff are all Australian
02-04-2012 15:44 #46
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02-04-2012 15:48 #49
Ask me anything. I love NY. Lived there for a bit (not long enough) and did a little bit of NY state as well as the city.
Look into ESTA. i'm not sure if you can have it concurrent with a student visa, but if you can it'll allow you in and out of the states once? I went to Canada for 2 days from NYC to go to Niagara falls, but the American side is also lovely!
02-04-2012 17:40 #50
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