|I wrote about tipping a while ago (ok that was 12 years ago, whatever), but some things have changed. I'm somewhat ok with tipping. It took me a while to accept, but I've come around to the idea. Well, not exactly. I see tipping as just a mandatory tax. I tip 20% at restaurants regardless of the level of service I receive. I found that it's easier to just accept it and move on. And that's exactly where I'm at.
However, on a recent trip overseas where the tipping rules are different and sometimes nonexistent, I was having some trouble. A tourist guide book recommended a whole bunch of different things depending on the type of restaurant and whether or not there was a little abbreviation on the check indicating that the tip was included. This coupled with the language barrier just made things confusing. And I came to the conclusion that, quite honestly, I don't care what I'm supposed to tip. JUST TELL ME. Don't make me have to figure out your weird customs and intricate symbology. Just tell me what to do. I'll pay; I really don't care. Worrying about a tip detracts from the experience at a restaurant. #business