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1. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

after living in NZ we had to get used to the 'tipping thing' again....

wondering how you feel about it and how you handle it...

any terrible stories to share, why u didn't tip in the end?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Kathi:)

I dont mind tipping, when the tip is not expected and is a gift.
I dont like when there is a demand, that I give a tip. In some places the staff are so tip greedy, that they are actually rude and pushy, with people who linger or who do not buy enough to warrent a big tip.


3. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

it is true... the worst is, when u r expected to tip...

the other day, when were in Dublin, we went to Subway. The girl working there was sooo unfriendly and also not very well trained. She really spoiled my first 'subway sandwich' in ages... anyway-
the staff had a cup for tips there (which I hadn't seen) and when my husband paid he wanted to throw something in there. I told him not to and you should have seen the look the girl gave me!

But hey-
1st of all, I don't see Subway as a restaurant or Cafe where u r meant to tip
2n she was so unfriendly, and unprofessional
3rd Ireland was so expensive, I really didn't feel like spending more money *g*

in Austria they say, u r meant to tip 12% when everything is fine, I usually tip 10% if everything was perfect, when things were fine I round it up, depending what the sum is...

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I never tip. Ever. First of all I'm too stingy for it; second of all, it's a disgrace that, in some (otherwise deemed civilised) countries, people are underpaid and expected to live of gifts, like beggars do. I refuse to help uphold a system that works that way. Third of all, most waiting personnel I ever met doesn't deserve a tip...

5. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Quoting Kathi20

2n she was so unfriendly, and unprofessional
3rd Ireland was so expensive, I really didn't feel like spending more money *g*

Oh dear....between the rotten coffee and the cost of living you must have a poor impression of Ireland - entirely correct, let me add. This country is getting a deserved reputation for poor quality service with ludicrous prices. But I'm curious to hear an Austrian say she found Ireland so expensive - surely Austria is one of the most expensive European countries? I certainly found it so anyway, but that was not very recently.

6. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

Yeah, I thought (after livin in NZ and stayin 2 months in ZA) Austria was expensive, but honestly nothing compared to Ireland!!!!

I talked to my former hostmum about it and her husband who's travelling a lot and they said it's mad!

one really bad example:

1 scoop of ice cream in Austria (cone): 90cents (it can be small, big, yummy or not- depends where u go and it will always cost 90c max. in a cone)

1 scoop of ice cream (cone) at Murphy's in Dingle (and the excuse that there's no tourists in winter doesn't count and that they have to make the money in summer time): 3,80 Euros!!!!!

Can u believe that? My husband wanted to take 4 scoops, so I pat him on the shoulder and told him to look at the price!

but nevertheless: we had a great time and I still love Ireland- especially it's people!!!!

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

U are right Kathi.
Customer service in Ireland is appalling.
And yes, things are very very expensive there.
It is unfortunate, that the tip demanding is happening there too. Tourism is a big industry in Ireland, and it is a pity that people dont appreciate the money tourists bring in, and continue to be as friendly, welcoming and helpful, as Irish people used to be to tourists. However little tourist industry staff get payed in Ireland being rude to foreingers who are bringing money into Ireland and helping our economy is not going to make them get payed more. It will more likely damage the restaurant, hotel or whatever and put their jobs at risk. It is annoying that they cant see it from the bigger prespective.


8. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

To me this is a very interesting thread as my co-workers will sometimes give me grief for only tipping 18% for mediocre service! I have a friend that tips 20% for bad service and probably 30+% for good service.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 18, 2007, at 1:41 PM by Wonkerer ]

9. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

Usually I tip whenever they do not mention about it. I do not like somebody ask me for tip because I feel few are very greedy and rude in their way to get money of you.

10. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I don't tip. I am not acquainted with the etiquette of tipping, so I never really know when I should or shouldn't. Anyway, it's not worth tipping here - the service I've received doesn't cut it.