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    Very shonky - especially if they know you are from out of town!


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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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    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%
    oh maybe thats what i did i cant remember to be honest, i know i always left more lol oh who knows....all i know is it was so confusing at first

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    Quote Originally Posted by summastarlet View Post
    I only tip at caf├ęs or restaurants and only if I believe we were given great service and food. Generally tips in hospitality are split between all the staff (kitchen included)...well that's how it's worked in places I have worked at, so a $5 tip isn't going far if there are quite a few people working that night.

    I would never tip for pizza delivery or taxi drivers though.

    My hubby used to do pizza deliveries for a small local pizzeria and some nights he would come home with close to $100 in tips..
    Yes but where was this, inner city? I can tell you I NEVER made anywhere near that amount in tips when I was delivery driving!

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    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

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    I agree @Bond Girl. I know we don't have a tipping culture and we aren't America but I still tip. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I agree @Bond Girl. I know we don't have a tipping culture and we aren't America but I still tip. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
    Agreed me too.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jensha View Post
    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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    Same here, I don't think I've ever tipped.
    I do however if given small change will donate it to the charity tins most shops have on their counters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    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.
    I agree.

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    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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