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Olympic Size Tips in Vancouver

Posted by gratrueities on February 19, 2010

 

For those visiting Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, restaurant tipping may be considered a hazardous sport.

According to this recent article from the Vancouver Sun, some local restaurant owners have decided to take advantage of their once-in-a-lifetime bounty of tourists and tack on a mandatory 20% gratuity to each bill.

We’ve debated before here at GraTRUEities whether a mandatory gratuity can even be called a “tip”, because technically the diner is no longer tipping as a response to  good (or bad) service.  A mandatory gratuity is added into the bill irrespective of service rendered.

Additionally, of course, is the real potential for double tipping. Many diners don’t take the time to read the fine print and therefore aren’t aware that they have been charged a mandatory tip. They go ahead and leave a tip on top of the tip.

 As explained in this tipping guide on the Vancouver Tourism site,  Canadians follow the North American convention of adding a standard 10-20% tip for services rendered. But there are many international visitors to the Winter Olympics traveling from countries where tipping is not part of the cultural norm.

What ever the case, these temporary tip levies in Vancouver translate into pure “gold” for the cities restaurants and servers.

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One Response to “Olympic Size Tips in Vancouver”

  1. Jan Hunt said

    I think that would be called a “price change” and not a mandatory tip. It’s opportunistic but of course those people who have to pay it are probably not regular customers and won’t be back anyway. Not very welcoming though. It is not that significant, I guess. I would not be a “regular” at such a place as I like to choose who and how much I tip.

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