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$2 drinks [Dec. 30th, 2005|10:26 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Dina says: remember to tip on number of drinks, not percentages.....


[User Picture]From: hdofu
2005-12-31 04:38 pm (UTC)
A very important thing to remember
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-01-01 07:38 pm (UTC)

You guys tip at bars? That's crazy!

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From: jesirose
2006-01-02 04:13 am (UTC)
No, you know what's crazy? People who don't value other people's hard work!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-02 04:30 am (UTC)
Jesi, Mart's from the UK. Not all countries are like the US where servers are paid shit and they need to make up for it in tips. In some countries, notably Germany, wait staff make a relatively good salary and tips aren't as common and not as big. Some people in other countries say you only tip when you get exceptional service, and even then it's just a couple bucks, not a 10-20% rule like here.

So Mart might not have been joking: he might've been legitimately curious that we tip for drinks in bars, because in the UK they don't.
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From: jesirose
2006-01-02 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for that explanation. I often forget to check where people are from when in comes to thinks like that.

Sorry for snapping at you Mark.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-01-03 04:05 am (UTC)

Right you are. In the UK we only tip for “personal service”, which includes things like waiter service, hairdressing, hotel porters etc. We don't tip bar staff except in some fancy places in big cities where they also have a man in the W.C. who seems to be there to help you wash your hands… and he expects a tip too. These places are generally accepted as being crazy, however.

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From: russgetchell
2006-01-03 02:21 am (UTC)
I'll be honest with you Brad, I am not a big fan of tipping for a few reasons:
1. I spent five years in college to make less than someone who pushes the last legal drug.
2. I counted cans at Safeway for three years during college and no one ever tipped me.
3. Do teachers or soldiers get tipped?
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