In simple terms, what is a tip

Tips etiquette: Where do you give how much tip?

As a sign of satisfaction, especially with the service, one gives Tip. Especially in the foreign countries. This is not only polite - in many service professions the extra money is factored into the salary. That means: The basic salary of the employees is so low that a little or no tip at the end of the month is noticeable in the till. Whether one now Tip, tip, service charge, Schmattes, pourboire, baksheesh or Mancia says - the respective customs and margins vary from country to country ...

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Tip etiquette: rules for typing correctly

As for tips, there is in Europe a simple one Rule of thumb: The further south you go, the more tips are expected.

However, the tip (please do not confuse it with “tip” - a note) is already included in some restaurants invoice included - for example in Portugal or Belgium, so that you can only round up here (if you were particularly satisfied with the service).

Otherwise, however, the following applies: With ten percent surcharge Don't go wrong anywhere - except perhaps in Italy, where tips are rather uncommon, and in Great Britain, where the bills are rounded up to an even number in the pub.

How do I tip correctly?

Here, too, customs vary considerably:

  • In France or Spain For example, you pay your bill and leave the tip on a plate or on the table. But please no mini coins - grossly rude!
  • In the even more southern holiday countries Greece or Turkey again, it is good form to personally hand over the tip to the housekeeping staff on the last day of your vacation. The usual rate here is one to two euros per day of stay.

And also what that Round up concerns about ...

  • in more northern EU countries rounded up to an even euro amount, if necessary,
  • while man in the south rather rounded up to the next five or ten amount.

Tip table: where do you give how much?

For a better overview there is one here table with the rough tip guidelines for individual countries. If you have had other experiences yourself, please let us know by comment.

In general, however, the following applies:

The tip is an additional service. You are not obliged to do so.

So if you were dissatisfied with the service, you don’t need to give anything either. In all other cases, however, you shouldn't be ripped off. As I said: the staff is often dependent on it ...

This is what you tip in the respective countries

Great Britain / Ireland10-15%1-2 € *2-3 € **10%
Denmark / ScandinaviaRound up / 5%Round up
Germany10%1 € *1-2 € **10%
Austria10-15%1 € *1-2 € **Round up
Switzerland10%1 SFr *1-2 SFr **10%
Spain / Portugal5-10%1 € *1-2 € **Round up
Italymax. 10%5 € ***Round up
Greece10%1 € *10 € ***10%
Turkey10%1 € *1-2 € **Round up
United States15-20%1-2 € *3-5 € **15%
Mexico / Central America10-15%1 € *2 € **Round up
South America10%1 € *20 € ***Round up
Africa (big cities)10%1 € *2 € **10%
Japan– / 3%– / 2-3 € *– / 3-5 € **– / –
Hong Kong10-15%2-3 € *3-5 € **Round up
India10%1 € *2 € **
Australia / New Zealand10-15%2 € *2 € **Round up

* per piece of luggage
** for smaller services, for ticket service or organization up to 30 €
*** when checking out

Labor law: toilet woman fights for a tip of 1,000 euros

The case went through the media: The toilet woman was used as a so-called sitter in the Centro shopping center in Oberhausen. Your employer, a cleaning company, wanted to withhold all of the money from the collection plate as a usage fee. The lady was of the opinion that she was entitled to the money as a tip and was basically right in front of the labor court in Gelsenkirchen. With an hourly wage of 5.20 euros gross, this is quite understandable.

The first process was all about the company having to provide information about the amount of money received. That was revealing: At least 30,000 euros in tips came together in the Centro alone in two months.

In the subsequent process, the lady now demanded the payment of one twentieth of the tip, i.e. 1,500 euros. At the labor court of Gelsenkirchen (Az .: 3 Ca 174/14), both sides now compared on the proposal of the court. Accordingly, the plaintiff receives an amount of 1,000 euros and thus has 500 euros more in her pocket per month.

14 tips for more tips

In addition to being a professor at Cornell University, Michael Lynn is also a recognized tipping expert. He has been researching tips and tricks for a while as to whether and how the amount of monetary bonuses can be influenced or increased. And indeed: it works!

Of course, the quality of service is the most important requirement. A waiter who does not come, is grumpy or delivers the wrong order should not necessarily hope for a high tip. But if the service is the way it should be, the tip can be increased again, sometimes even quite properly - with these simple psychological methods ...

Switches trick money
Introducing yourself by name53%
Repeat the order50%
Touch the guest briefly (e.g. on the shoulder)42%
Tell a short joke40%
Draw a sun on the bill37%
Stay near the table (waitress)25%
Add a candy / chocolate to the bill21%
Stay near the table (waiter)20%
Draw a smiley face on the bill18%
To start with, give a small puzzle / game as a present18%
Predicting good weather18%
Write “Thank you” on the bill13%
Address the guest by name10%

Labor law: Tips belong to the employee alone

A waiter earned a tip of almost 500 euros a month on top of his low fixed salary. The many tips should now be collected on the instructions of the employer and shared among all employees. Contrary to the instructions, however, the waiter continued to collect his tip personally and did not share it.

Consequence: two warnings, then two immediate, alternatively ordinary terminations.

The Rhineland-Palatinate Regional Labor Court (Az .: 10 Sa 483/10) ruled all of them ineffective: Tips are not remuneration, which is why the employer cannot unilaterally dispose of their use. The customer ultimately decides who receives how much tip.

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