December 2, 2023


Professional waiter experts

Why tipping is almost mandatory in America and where the (hated by many) “tipping” culture comes from

  • Atahualpa Amerise @atareports
  • BBC News World


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You go with your partner to a restaurant, read the menu, order two US$15 dishes and a US$20 bottle of wine. Total: $50.

What in other countries would be considered inadmissible, in the United States is religion: when paying in restaurants you have to pay about an additional fifth of the bill.

It is conceived as a voluntary reward to thank the good treatment received, but in practice it is almost mandatory regardless of whether the service has been excellent or disastrous.