The first contact tip was a Chinese restaurant in New York, where a friend was invited. This is a Chaoshan restaurant. The bosses and chefs are all Chaozhou people, but the Chinese aunt waiter comes from Taiwan. From the moment we sit down, the aunt continues to insult us with the concept of being proud of tipping and avoiding shame. “On one occasion, a Beijing official did not give a tip to leave. I took a fork and chased two blocks. I just asked for a tip.” Aunt said, very proud. That meal, we ate and trembled, completely unsatisfactory, put down the chopsticks, threw 20% of the tip on the table, and fled to Manhattan Street.
It is a unique cultural dregs in the United States that is straightforward to tip. It is difficult to see in other countries. Europe is the birthplace of the tipping system, but it has gradually disappeared. If you are in a high-end restaurant, you will be directly told how much service charge you want to receive, clearly marked. However, the service fee is quite worthwhile. I have a dozen dishes, a variety of wines, and an introduction to the wine, very professional. European ordinary restaurants, there is no mandatory tipping, and satisfaction with the service, will also give points, but all voluntary, not giving or giving you a face, no matter how many people are very happy. East Asian countries, such as Japan, South Korea, and China, have far more restaurant service than the United States, but there has never been a tip.
The first time I tipped a restaurant in San Jose, Calif., the waiter told us that when ordering, the tip was 15% to 18% according to California law. Of course, I was shocked. I didn’t expect that there were so many people in the United States. There is no law on tipping in California. These waiters are really indispensable in order to ask for tips. The whole meal felt that the service was very poor. I poured a glass of ice water before the meal. Half of the rice was eaten like a ghost. I came up with an “Everything is OK?” Instead of taking care of it, it is better to remind you to tip.
Because there is a tip, there is only one fixed waiter per table. You call another waiter, people are regardless of yours, the most courtesy of saying “I help you call your waiter.” So many people come and go, only one person will take care of you, can this service be of high quality? In the American restaurant, it is normal to call the waiter, and patient waiting is a compulsory course.
Service attendants in the United States, especially in the restaurant, have very little service, making them have to rely on tip income, which is why many people defend the tipping system. But the fact is that the waiter is not the creator of the tipping system, but the victim. With the tipping system, the restaurant owners are confidently passing on the wages they should bear to the customers, so that the waiters can smile and ask for tips, but Even so, their income is very unstable.
The charging mechanism for tipping is very unreasonable, because according to the total price of consumption, the higher the consumption, the higher the tip. But what is the tip? It is the service fee. A Waiter’s labor is related to the number of people he serves, and not to how much he eats. However, everyone will think that there is another charge and tip in the country, which is the real estate agency fee.
Not only restaurants, but in the United States, as long as it involves personal services, you need to tip. For a taxi, there is an additional 15% tip in addition to the fare. The hotel staff cleans the room for two dollars a day, the tour guide costs $20 a day, and the person who kills the insect is a $10 tip. Our family is always ready to buy a lot of change, that is, to deal with various tips. It is no wonder that Americans are so versatile and willing to do everything themselves. They were forced to self-study by the tipping system.