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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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Rainy Day Tipping?

Posted by gratrueities on December 12, 2009

Hi Dear GraTRUEities readers: It is absolutely pouring down rain here at GraTRUEities worldwide headquarters in northern California. All this rain got me thinking: do we tip more or less when it’s raining?  Are we more apt to leave a nice big tip if the sun is shining?  

In short, what kind of impact does weather have on tipping?

I went to my favorite search engine, Bing, (yes, Bing) to find some answers. All I could find were references to Rainy Day activities. It seems there are no scholarly studies about the weather-impact on the tip.

So, let’s do our own research. How does weather impact your tipping habits? Are you more or less likely to tip when the weather is bad? Does a beautiful sunny ski bring out the best in your tipping behavior? Let us know.

And,we’d like to hear from some servers. Do you see any difference in your tips on a sunny day vs a rainy day? Just wondering….

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Tiger Tipping Troubles

Posted by gratrueities on February 4, 2009

 

 

All kinds of comments flew around the blogoshere earlier this week when the New York Post Page Six posted an item describing the skimpy tipping habits of elite golfer Tiger Woods. Evidently the very successful golfer (he’s won 14 major championships) was observed throughout a visit to Las Vegas, visiting various eating establishments and interacting with service providers, but never leaving a tip.

The whole issue was widely reported on Sporting News, Fox Sports News and other sites. All of the sports writers were basically appalled that Tiger could  earn$82 million on the course and hundred’s of millions more off the course, and still  go through life without tipping.

I must say, I agree with these sports writers. I really think it is near the height of rudeness to not leave a tip for services rendered.

It’s interesting to think about what causes Tiger not to tip? Is it that he thinks someone is going to follow him around and tip for him? Maybe he doesn’t even carry cash? Or, is it that it doesn’t occur to him to tip?

Tiger is not only a great golfer, he’s also a Stanford University graduate and a very smart businessman. He obviously knows the common courtesy and social expectations behind tipping. So, we can only assume that he is fully aware that he is not tipping and, therefore, he doesn’t want to tip?

Right?

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A World of Tipping

Posted by gratrueities on October 20, 2008

Friends and I were having brunch today at Il Forneio in Burlingame, California (great restaurant, by the way with very good service).  We started talking about tipping, of course! One of my friends is European and he was commenting on how confusing the tipping thing was was when he first starting living here.  In Europe the standard approach is to add a service charge to the bill (like a San Diego restaurant called The Linkery is starting to do), so theoretcially an additional tip is optional.

(Note: my personal experience when traveling in Europe is that more and more restaurants/servers are expecting at least a small tip on top of the service charge).

So, I mentioned this post from Serge the Concierge . It’s a very good summary of tipping in countries from around the globe.

Do you have any other tipping experience from travels that you want to share? Let us know!!

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