When the Restaurant Suggests Your Tip

A couple of months ago my husband and I stopped for a little snack while playing tourist in another city. This is the bottom of the bill we received:

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What do you think?

It was a tourist city in a tipping culture. Not all visitors may be aware that tipping was appropriate. In many countries the gratuity is already included in the bill. In some cultures tipping is odd change at the most, not a specified percentage.

Would you find such information at the bottom of your bill useful?

Would you find such information at the bottom of your bill too bold?

I have been asking friends and have received mixed responses.

We would love to hear your opinion. The comment box is all yours.

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9 Responses to When the Restaurant Suggests Your Tip

  1. Gail says:

    As we come from a culture that does tip, I would find it very useful. As the mother of those working or having worked in the service industry I always pay the higher amount. I know those in the service industry rely on those tips to make a livng. When the customer with the $75 bill walks out without paying and the server has to cover that loss out of their own pocket maybe they won’t actually lose money if other customers that night have been generous.

    • Thanks Gail. Countries that do not tip are often surprised to learn that tipping is an expected part of the servers earnings.
      For the customer here it is part of the restaurant experience.
      Sad to know that if a customer skips out on a bill (I’m assuming that is what you meant with the $75 bill) that the server is responsible.
      It is a difficult job.

  2. Scott Williams says:

    I think that is in really bad taste (pardon the pun). Tips are not mandatory. I tend to tip really well all of the time. However, I reserve the right to tip according to service received if necessary. I think everyone should work in the service industry at least once in their lives to be able to judge what good service is. For example, take a look around the restaurant and see how many servers are working versus how many tables need to be served. If you get “poor” service in an under-staffed restaurant then it is not the servers fault, it is the establishment’s fault.

    • Thanks for your comments Scott.
      Like so many things, until we have experienced the work ourselves we may not have any idea what is truly involved. And yes, it isn’t the servers fault if the food is poor or the establishment is under-staffed.

  3. Alessandro says:

    I live in Canada from 5 years now and finally I’m used to tip without problems. I personally find bad taste put the suggested tip at the end of the bill.
    But……
    Coming from a culture that doesn’t tip, I have to say that many time in the past when I travelled I didn’t think about the tip… and that was bad.
    I think that having this lines at the end of the bill suggests, to those people coming from a non-tip culture, that they need to tip.
    I remember friends of mine visiting Canada asking what is the correct percentage of tip…they din’t have any idea about this.
    So personally I agree on the fact that the tip is shoed at the end of the bill, in this way it’s more fair for the waiters.

  4. LMB23 says:

    Reblogged this on Ps & Qs & Ws and commented:
    I’m starting to see the practice of “suggested percentages” for tipping at more and more restaurants. While I recognize that tipping practices vary from country to country and even within parts of the USA, I feel that tipping should always be optional, and that it is a reward for excellent service. To suggest or even require a gratuity (such as for large groups) takes away from the very definition of those words. Although the percentages given at the bottom of the receipt, such as in this example, may be helpful for calculation purposes, personally, I am a little offended at the suggestion I may not be able to do basic arithmetic or that I might forget to tip without their convenient reminder. If I am going to be traveling in a foreign country, I consider it my obligation to research that country’s tipping practices before I go. So, I find myself slightly annoyed when I see this on a bill, but I am curious as to what your thoughts are. I would especially love to hear from people who have done a fair amount of international travel.

    • Thank you for your comments.
      When I first saw the bottom of the bill, you can tell I was intrigued. How many people take a picture of their bill?
      I have to admit that at first I was slightly offended. I know to tip and how much. But then I thought to where we were. We were in a prime tourist city where visitors stay from all over the world. This would be a great help to them when paying their bill. Read the comment from Alessandro. He has experienced the uncertainty.
      Once again, considering this restaurant was in a country where servers are paid below minimum wage and tips are expected to make up their salary it would be unfair to leave without tipping. Are all tourists aware of this?
      Thanks again.

  5. Ron Scott says:

    YES! I think it’s helpful….should start at 2 percent though, just to cover some situations where the service may be slightly sub standard. Right? Right!

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