I hate tipping. The concept is just ugly! That's why I only go to luxury resorts where tipping in general is frowned upon.
I like the japanese take on tipping. It is considered an insult to tip someone. After all you already paid adequatly for the service, why embarass the customer by giving him the feeling that the service was actually worth more?
Just do away with those low wage jobs and pay people so they can life on it. Like the first post already outlined. Maids or the people behind the bar at cáfe are unlikely to get tips yet don't earn more.
To each his own. I would never rule out a place to visit just because I do not like tipping. There are other more important things to consider.
Tipping is a custom that is different in different countries. You may hate tipping, but if you are in a country where tipping is the custom, it would be respectful to honor their customs. I would like people to respect my country and customs; therefore, I would do the same when visiting their countries. If it bothers you to tip that much, then avoid going to those countries or at least avoid going to places that expect tipping. You should check before traveling, what the customs regarding tipping are in the countries of your destination.
Well stated robmer. It's mind boggling how this confuses some people.
When in the US I tip - and there are good sides to it : you think the waiter is nice, you tip more.
When I'm at home (most of Europe let us say) I don't tip and the problem is that when I've got a bad waiter I cannot do nothing except not come back to the restaurant ...
it is the owner's resonsibility to check that his employees are doing their job ok and smiling.
But what I dislike is people not tipping in tipping culture or silly people coming to Europe and tipping lavishly 'because these poor waiter deserve it'.... I just find it arrogant.
My 2 pence - and I'm a grumpy guy !
"... or silly people coming to Europe and tipping lavishly 'because these poor waiter deserve it'.... I just find it arrogant..."
That's a constant hassle where I am too Paris, here in Cuba. We're buried in an avalanche of Canadian and American tourists who have no clue whatsoever about local customs so they're tipping like they're at home in situations that are totally inappropriate. They can't fathom that every destination has its own specific set of social customs/mores - instead they insist that, "my way is the right way" with zero respect as to the uniqueness of their destination.
It's embarrassing how anyone can be such a disrespectful guest in a foreign country.
Reminds me the one time I was in cuba, we were lost in La Habana (I'm always lost everywhere) so I asked my way to a local, the guy instead of telling walked 100 m with me then showed me the place I wanted to go to. And asked for a tip... I told him no way, I was grateful but it didn't deserved a tip - he smiled and we shook hands.
Have a great week-end all guys.