Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
With no tipping, waiters can be as surly as they want (an God know that waiters need no excuses to be surly) because they know that it has no effect on their paycheck.
There I agree with you. I find this especially annoying in NYC where very high hotel taxes are tacked on to the bill and garages have very high parking taxes that get tacked on.
Originally posted by Marcus Green:
Visitors to the US often find it confusing that they get quoted a price for something and then they are presented with a bill that includes additional taxes. In many (most?) parts of the world this is not the way things are done.
The first part I agree with you but this part I disagree with you. Anyone who travels to a foreign country has a responsibility to find out what the standards are in that country. That isn't "provincial". That is common sense.
Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
Then when you INSIST FIRMLY that everyone knows how to tip in America and if you don't you should find out - you begin to sound a bit "provincial" (is that the correct use of that word??).