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11. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Undertip and you may have the waiter/waitress running to catch you before you get to the door.

I've had someone chase me out to the parking lot amd grab my arm violently. I usually never undertip, but this guy's service was hideous. He made us wait forever, screwed up our order (twice), refused to speak English to us even though he understood what we were saying....the list goes on. Anyways, suffice to say I made a complaint to the manager and all was well.

I usually tip more than 15 per cent if the service was good. I tip between 10-15 if the wervice was bad. Example: I went to dinner tonight and our waitress was super nice, so for an 11 dollar meal I have her $3.50.

Cheers,
Katie ;)

12. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

gave her....oops

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14. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

My views on “Jobs For The Boys”? I am a Chinese. As they like to joke, there are only two types of Chinese. One that gives bribes, the other, that takes them. What do u think? I’m sure u’ve heard of “Guanxi” many times in China.

Even though I come from Singapore, which is respected as a meritocratic country, nepotism is actually pretty widespread here. Sometimes I think networking or guanxi is just a grand euphemism for corruption. But no matter what it is, there’s no getting rid the world of such practices right? I don’t want to get philosophical, purely because I lack the intellectual ability, but I guess we humans have this inclination to help friends or associates, especially when there are beneficial returns. Don’t we all?
And sometimes, the forces at work leave one with little choice. Either u are in or out.

My point? If i can’t change the environment to suit me, then i'll change myself to suit the environment.. Yes, this smacks of hypocrisy. Call me a slut! please.

Btw, wocca, u had me running to type Jobs for the Boys into Google just to find the meaning.
For the fun of it, I’ll throw one Chinese idiom at you. Eh, u in China right? No problem there. (winks)

In Hanyu Pinyin : Wu Shi Bu, Xiao Bai Bu.
Direct translation: Every 50 steps, smile 100times.

ok, this is seriously off-topic....tata

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I don't have a problem at all with guanxi. Just another name for networking. Chinese networks are great. Once one person knows & respects you, then you are introduced to all his / her contacts. I hold a Foreign Expert's Certificate as well as a Residence Permit, so many doors are thrown open for me.

16. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared

For the fun of it, I’ll throw one Chinese idiom at you. Eh, u in China right? No problem there.(winks)

In Hanyu Pinyin : Wu Shi Bu, Xiao Bai Bu.
Direct translation: Every 50 steps, smile 100times.

Always look on the bright side of life
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OR
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Keep your sunny side
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Hey Jared ...

Yes. I'm in China. I often tell Chinese people that the best Chinese food and the prettiest Chinese girls are in Singapore.

You may care to to check out the thread "CHINESE PROVERBS" that I've just started over in the Asia forum.

17. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared

For the fun of it, I’ll throw one Chinese idiom at you. Eh, u in China right? No problem there.(winks)

In Hanyu Pinyin : Wu Shi Bu, Xiao Bai Bu.
Direct translation: Every 50 steps, smile 100times.

Always look on the bright side of life
+
OR
+
Keep your sunny side up
______________________________________________________________________

Hey Jared ...

Yes. I'm in China. I often tell Chinese people that the best Chinese food and the prettiest Chinese girls are in Singapore.

You may care to to check out the thread "CHINESE PROVERBS" that I've just started over in the Asia forum.

18. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

I'll happily tip up to 20-25% if service is excellent. If it is average, they get the 10-15%. If it is diabolical, I don't leave the table empty. I leave some coppers and silver, nothing more than 4-5% of the bill. Then they know I didn't forget. Either that or I will ask them for some dollar bills for change (they think it is for their tip) and then walk out leaving nothing for them.

Although I never worked tables, I did work in a restaurant for 6 years and I know what it is like. If someone gets 15-20% even though they are a jerk, what hope do we have they will (a) find another job or (b) do better next time?

In German speaking countries the custom is to round the bill up when you are told the amount. The server tells you "21", you say "25" and hand them the money. Makes for some random tips that.

I never tip people who I only do a single transaction with like bartenders, unless they did me a favour or I don't want the change (see German custom above). At a restaurant the tip is for them keeping an eye on you for a couple of hours for drinks, refills, complaints, requests etc.

19. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

English tipping is sort of your own choice, you might get a scowl from the waiter/tress but that's all.

Egypt's terrible for it! Very rude.

20. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Like many of my US counterparts have said, tipping is typical here @ 20%. My cousins came from Germany last year and they went to a restaurant by themselves the first day and they left a couple of dollars on the $100 bill. They told me that the manager came over to ask them if everything was alright. With their big smile after a wonderful meal, they said, of course, thank you very much. When they got home, they said they thought something was wrong so they asked me. I told them..."You cheap Germans!! hahahaha"...

They didnt know of course, but they quickly learned that here is a bit different than any other part of the world. I find that when I go to visit Peru, where tipping is not expected, when I do leave 20% which I do no matter where I go (unless the service was absolutely terrible), it is sooo much appreciated, it feels really good to do it. Here in the US is expected and if you dont leave it, something must be apparently wrong. I guess I love to see how much appreciated my tipping is in other parts of the world where it isnt customary.