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1 hour ago, not-enough-cruising said:

Your friend was either taken advantage of, or their story is completely fabricated. 

Seriously?  Don't you pay a tip on the entire bill at any restaurant regardless of what you order?  A lot of times they even write % tip in the bill on the tax portion which is wrong to begin with.

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10 minutes ago, kirtihk said:

Seriously?  Don't you pay a tip on the entire bill at any restaurant regardless of what you order?  A lot of times they even write % tip in the bill on the tax portion which is wrong to begin with.

tipping is still voluntary in the States, and the part about "not letting him leave without tipping for the wine bottle" is simply not true. That part could very well be fabricated, or the guy's English may have been limited and he misunderstood something.

 

If you have a large party, the gratuity is usually added to the bill automatically, as it should be. However, it doesn't sound like the German guy was treating a large party to dinner.

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6 minutes ago, kirtihk said:

They were laughing in 1931 Germany, too.

If the original story is true and, like @not-enough-cruising, I have my doubts. Comparing the rise of Adolf Hitler and naziism with a restaurants expectation that patrons will tip staff is about the craziest post in the history of cruise critic tipping threads.  Congratulations, you win the trophy today.

 

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since some of us are sharing funny stories about tipping...

 

Many years ago I came to the States from a place where tipping was not a thing. At all. Tipping was something we'd read about in books about the good old days and the capitalist West.

 

So, while staying in a Travelodge on my very first night in the US I prepared a stack of quarters on my nightstand to make payphone calls the following morning (that was about 30 years ago). Imagine my surprise when I found none of them after coming back from breakfast. The housekeeper cleaned the room and took several dollars in quarters with her. Due to horrible inflation in my then country, this stack of quarters was quite a fortune to me at the time*. I was upset thinking she stole them, until my fellow travelers who were more knowledgeable about the Wild Wild West enlightened me about the tipping nuances of the Western culture. 🙂 

 

*The motel and the air tickets were paid for by the host organization, otherwise I would have never been able to afford it on my own.

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30 minutes ago, kirtihk said:

Seriously?  Don't you pay a tip on the entire bill at any restaurant regardless of what you order?  A lot of times they even write % tip in the bill on the tax portion which is wrong to begin with.

Of course I do, at my discretion. I have never been barred from leaving a restaurant due to a gratuity discrepancy, and neither was your friend, sorry but that does not happen. 

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19 minutes ago, Tree_skier said:

If the original story is true and, like @not-enough-cruising, I have my doubts. Comparing the rise of Adolf Hitler and naziism with a restaurants expectation that patrons will tip staff is about the craziest post in the history of cruise critic tipping threads.  Congratulations, you win the trophy today.

 

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Oh, boy... My comment was not about tipping; it was referred to "Socialistic behavior??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 You crack me up!" as it could be seen above my comment.  In whole, it concerns in regard of what's going on these days - I cannot I witness it (coming here from Russia in 1991 I would never think it will be repeated again; but here we are... stubbornly, people refuse to learns from history).

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10 minutes ago, not-enough-cruising said:

Of course I do, at my discretion. I have never been barred from leaving a restaurant due to a gratuity discrepancy, and neither was your friend, sorry but that does not happen. 

My actual comment was about discussion whether one should pay 20 % on $300 bottle of wine versus on $40 (there is no any extra efforts on any worker's part for a higher priced bottle).  Actually, I have the same statement for a $50 dish versus $10 (it takes the same effort to serve it and clean after).

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We definitely been tipping more at restaurants here, we always tipped well on cruises, we tip with every drink and normally with every meal . We just returned from a great cruise on the Edge last week.

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2 hours ago, kirtihk said:

My actual comment was about discussion whether one should pay 20 % on $300 bottle of wine versus on $40 (there is no any extra efforts on any worker's part for a higher priced bottle).  Actually, I have the same statement for a $50 dish versus $10 (it takes the same effort to serve it and clean after).

No, your original comment was about your German friend in Manhattan who was not allowed to leave the restaurant without paying a set 20% gratuity. 

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6 minutes ago, not-enough-cruising said:

No, your original comment was about your German friend in Manhattan who was not allowed to leave the restaurant without paying a set 20% gratuity. 

I was going to point that out but I'm not convinced that that would have been a productive discussion.  We went from $300 dollar bottles of wine to Naziism in remarkably few posts.

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i always tip more if i get great service which i usually do. i and i believe many people have worked in the restaurant business once in their life and remember how important this is. plus i was on a cruise a few years back and will not name it but the last couple nights the guest services line was packed come to find out these people were removing their gratuities for the entire cruise. and there had to be at least 40 people doing this at one time i walked by. I'm a bit nosey so i was hanging around an listening to their interactions . sad......i heard on group telling another this and they got in line as well    

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I tip $1.00 per drink. If I get one for me and one for my wife $2.00. For room service, which we use for coffee and danish in the morning, $2.00. At the end of the cruise our steward, waiter, and ass't waiter each get a minimum of $25.00. Extra if the service was great, and I'm not talking about white glove in the cabin or super fast service in MDR, because a lot of times the delays aren't their fault, but the galley.

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On 7/15/2021 at 6:56 PM, Tree_skier said:

I was going to point that out but I'm not convinced that that would have been a productive discussion.  We went from $300 dollar bottles of wine to Naziism in remarkably few posts.

You forgot socialism. If the discussion adds "diversity", "gendering" and "BLM", we would be encompassing all "real" problems in the PC domain and the US tipping world....😇 (I forgot manmade climate change of course)

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7 hours ago, Kbonner said:

You forgot socialism. If the discussion adds "diversity", "gendering" and "BLM", we would be encompassing all "real" problems in the PC domain and the US tipping world....😇 (I forgot manmade climate change of course)

I identify as a guy eating bacon in the windjammer.

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On 7/15/2021 at 10:02 AM, Itchy&Scratchy said:

since some of us are sharing funny stories about tipping...

 

Many years ago I came to the States from a place where tipping was not a thing. At all. Tipping was something we'd read about in books about the good old days and the capitalist West.

 

So, while staying in a Travelodge on my very first night in the US I prepared a stack of quarters on my nightstand to make payphone calls the following morning (that was about 30 years ago). Imagine my surprise when I found none of them after coming back from breakfast. The housekeeper cleaned the room and took several dollars in quarters with her. Due to horrible inflation in my then country, this stack of quarters was quite a fortune to me at the time*. I was upset thinking she stole them, until my fellow travelers who were more knowledgeable about the Wild Wild West enlightened me about the tipping nuances of the Western culture. 🙂 

 

*The motel and the air tickets were paid for by the host organization, otherwise I would have never been able to afford it on my own.

Did you get the money back, as it was not an actual tip to be taken?

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On 7/16/2021 at 6:55 PM, DAVLIB007 said:

I'm a bit nosey so i was hanging around an listening to their interactions . sad......i heard on group telling another this and they got in line as well    

I think your nosiness is equally sad.

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29 minutes ago, SireDoime said:

Did you get the money back, as it was not an actual tip to be taken?

oh, no, I wouldn't dream of asking for it to be returned. Plus, since there was a whole bunch of us in that motel - equally unaware of the tipping culture, I am pretty sure none of the maids got tipped during our (one night) stay there. My stack of quarters was very likely the only tip our maid got.

 

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On 7/14/2021 at 8:34 PM, SireDoime said:

No. Frankly, I wish I could live in a country where tipping is not a thing.

The employers should just pay their employees more, so we don't have to, or in many cases need to tip.

 

How much should someone who makes up a bed and serves food make? What is living wage?  Tipping a from of thanking someone for good service.   Some use it as a form of bribery to receive good service or to use a heavy hand to pour cocktail.  I have read many posts over the years how some hand the room steward or bar tender a $20 bill on day one before they have received any kind of service. 

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1 hour ago, Iamcruzin said:

I have read many posts over the years how some hand the room steward or bar tender a $20 bill on day one before they have received any kind of service. 

Guilty as charged (as far as room steward). Slip them a 20 on day one when I first meet them, and ask for ice every night and clean wine glasses refreshed. I worked pizza delivery through college, so may have a different viewpoint than some.

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1 hour ago, RedIguana said:

Guilty as charged (as far as room steward). Slip them a 20 on day one when I first meet them, and ask for ice every night and clean wine glasses refreshed. I worked pizza delivery through college, so may have a different viewpoint than some.

At least you're asking for special service. Some just say my name is John and slip them a 20.  I also tip if I ask for a special service.

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On 7/15/2021 at 9:34 AM, kirtihk said:

They were laughing in 1931 Germany, too.

From tipping to $2 bills to proving Godwin's Law.  Nicely done 🙄

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