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  1. Tips in Russia
  2. How to leave a tip when paying by card?
  3. The tradition of giving a tip
  4. Tips in different countries
  5. IN USA
  6. In Japan and Australia
  7. In Switzerland, Hollandia and Austria
  8. In Sweden, Denmark and Norway
  9. In France
  10. In Germany
  11. In the hot countries of Tunisia and Egypt
  12. In Israel
  13. In Italy
  14. In Greece and Cyprus
  15. Rule of gratitude

How to correctly tip. For most Russians, the moment when everything has been eaten at the restaurant and the waiter brought the bill is fraught with painful meditation: how much to leave for tea and how to pay the tip from the card?

There is a version why tipping is so called , related to the driver. Since they could not drink alcohol, being at work, in order to warm up, while waiting for a master or a new passenger, they would go to tea rooms. That is why they asked the passenger for "a pretty penny to tea" in the literal sense of this expression. Over time, this phrase settled in the language, and for a small amount, which is left in addition to the main account was fixed the name "tip"

Tips in Russia

In modern Russia, tips have fully returned to normal only in restaurants. The generally accepted amount of the amount left “for tea” to the waiter usually is 8-10%, rarely - 15% of the bill. At the same time, in most cases, tips do not fit into the bill. About this, as a rule, warns the inscription on the check, saying: "The reward to the waiter is welcome, but always remains at your discretion."

However, in a number of institutions (mostly low level), tips may be included in the bill. In this case, they will have to pay. In addition, the service is likely to include in the bill during the banquet.

Sometimes tips are left to couriers (most often when delivering food, such as pizza or sushi), as well as taxi drivers, the hotel will also be happy to tip.

Some cafes and pastry shops, in which customers often take away, can be found next to the cashier, small jars / boxes, in which you can put a tip if desired.

Some cafes and pastry shops, in which customers often take away, can be found next to the cashier, small jars / boxes, in which you can put a tip if desired

How to leave a tip when paying by card?

The world does not stand still, and electronic payments have become firmly established in modern cities, so you can leave a tip with a card. If you don’t have cash, you can tell the waiter the adjusted amount, including the reward - the official will enter exactly this number into the terminal and tip your card together with the principal amount of the invoice after you enter the PIN code.

In some applications, taxis also introduced the concept of tips - you can choose the size of tips that will be added to your bill right in the application. In Gett taxi, this option can be connected on an ongoing basis or you can do it during the trip, but if the driver has already closed your trip, you will not be able to leave a tip from the card.

The tradition of giving a tip

Abroad, the tip system has been formed for a long time, and breaking it means deserving the silent contempt of the attendants.

In 2000, Hillary Clinton had breakfast at a restaurant in the town of Albion in New York State, from which she ran for the US Senate, and did not leave the waitress a tip. This case was described in detail in the newspapers, and excited Americans from all over the country began to send angry letters to the greedy Mrs. Clinton, as well as money transfers for the offended waitress. This indifference to the problems of a poor girl, in whose budget the tip made up a significant share, hardly cost Hilary Clinton a place in the Senate. For a long time she had to convince voters that she had no intention of insulting the waitress.

For a long time she had to convince voters that she had no intention of insulting the waitress

In the West, it is customary to leave tips to almost all people from among the attendants: bartenders, maids, porters, doormen, head waiter and taxi drivers. In this case, the cost of tipping is well paid off. A knowledgeable guest of a hotel in Europe, for example, will definitely leave every day on the table 0.5-1 euro - so that the maid can clean the room with double zeal and change bedding and towels more often.

A separate story - tip waiters. Historically, it was in the cafes and restaurants that citizens leave the most significant amounts attached to tea, besides, to the size of the bill. Moreover, almost every country has its own peculiarities and traditions. Before you go on a trip, they should be studied - at least in order not to get into an awkward situation.

Tips in different countries

In the Czech Republic

In Prague, tips are taken small, usually in the amount of 5-10% of the bill or in the direction of a small rounding. 15% is considered almost indecent. Moreover, if the waiter did not allow himself to bring the change or increase the bill at his own discretion, you can express your disagreement.


In America, the waiters decided to leave for tea a pretty big money . Here, tips of up to 25% of the cost of the order are considered good form, depending on the level of the restaurant and the quality of service.

In America, the general rule works: the larger and more expensive the establishment, the more you need to leave for tea. For example, in small eateries and cafes the waiter will be completely satisfied with 10% of the order value. If we are talking about a small restaurant - 15% will be enough. In good establishments, the visitor will not understand if he adds less than 20-25% of the order amount to the check. These requirements are even recorded in a special memorandum of the National Restaurant Association of the United States. And although it is not necessary to perform them formally, leaving the waiter without a tip is almost the same as publicly giving him a slap in the face and expressing not just dissatisfaction with the quality of service, but real indignation.

In Japan and Australia

Unlike other countries in Japan on the contrary, it is generally forbidden to tip . The Japanese believe that serving on the highest level is their duty, and they perceive the offer of remuneration for good work as an insult. The same approach to tipping exists in Australia . Regardless of whether you are in a big city or in a small town, whether you visit a casino or a prestigious night club, you should not leave a tip. Moreover, the attempt to tip can quite often cause a hostile reaction from the seller, waiter or taxi driver.

In Switzerland, Hollandia and Austria

Not too burdensome tip and in Switzerland , Holland and Austria . 10% familiar to Russian tourists in these countries are considered luxury and even waste. It is customary to leave the waiters no more than 3-6%.

In Austria , by the way, there is a completely legal way to not pay the bill at all. If you three times asked to bring you the bill, and the waiter did not respond, you have the full right to leave the institution without paying anything. True, unfortunately, there are almost no forgetful waiters in this country.

In Sweden, Denmark and Norway

In Scandinavian restaurants, tips (7-10%) are almost always included in the bill . Therefore, no additional investment is expected from visitors there, although, of course, they will not be offended if you leave a few coins.

In France

The most expensive of the European countries in terms of tips is France . Tipping in French is called “purbuar” (pourboire - literally: “to drink”). In most cafes and restaurants, purbouar is included in the bill : there is a line comprising service (“included service”) - 15-16% of the order amount. In addition, in France and in Paris in particular, it is customary to leave an additional 0.5-1 euro. They are put in a round plate on which the waiter brings the bill. Interestingly, in the south of France, the waiters do not receive a salary for their work at all and live exclusively on customer offerings.

In Germany

In Germany, tips are in the order of things, although they are not mandatory anywhere. Neither the waiter, nor the taxi driver, nor the hairdresser do not need an additional “mzde”: their services are included in the main account and account for approximately 5-10%. Here, by the way, it is not uncommon when a regular customer’s cafe (they can become already the third time) is escorted with a free glass for the road.

In the hot countries of Tunisia and Egypt

In Tunisia and Egypt, theoretically, you can not pay a tip at all - the cost of maintenance is included in the bill. However, the majority of tourists still leave about 5-10%: a rare person is able to withstand under the watchful eye of a local servant, who is awaiting additional compensation.

In Israel

In Israel, 10% is enough, but in most other nearby countries, 6-7% will be happy; in Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia, 5% will be satisfied. In Turkey, 7-10% are considered good form.

In Italy

Tips from Italians are included in the bill and are marked with the special expression servizio e coperto (“serving and serving”) - from 5% to 10% of the order amount. The Portuguese and Spanish waiters are counting on the same amount of remuneration, but here the tips are not included in the bill.

In Greece and Cyprus

Greeks expect you to tip. Here the “mandatory” fee is 10% of the order value. In Greek, by the way, tips are called "philodorim", in translation - "friendly gift."

Rule of gratitude

In the end, giving or not giving a tip is a personal matter. Tips are voluntary thanks for the service you like.

The customs may be different, but all over the world they adhere to the following rule: never and under no circumstances give anyone a penny (Eurocent, penny) if the quality of service is not satisfied (if, of course, the tips are not included in the bill - in this case, pay required). But if you liked it, then why not make the other person a little happier?

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How to leave a tip when paying by card?
But if you liked it, then why not make the other person a little happier?