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current tipping standards?

I am traveling from America and want to know what to tip when I go over there. I probably will go out to eat a lot, pubs and bars. I will also leave my luggage at a few hotels when arrive early/leave late. I do not have a car and will be mostly doing trains and taxis. I am going to Manchester, Glasgow, and Dublin. Is there any variance in tipping?

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1. Re: current tipping standards?

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There is no need to tip anyone when bags are stored in a hotel's left luggage room, nor are there any staff on trains who should be / will expect to be tipped.

Time for more popcorn.

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2. Re: current tipping standards?

I'll join you TP, but I'll just open a bottle of red and get out some blue cheese and bikkies :-)

UK
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3. Re: current tipping standards?

Just look on here for lengthy threads on tipping

Basically its not a big deal and its your money your holiday tip to your hearts content.

If it makes you happy then do it.

Tipping is about satisfying the tipper IMO

East Sussex, United...
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4. Re: current tipping standards?

And that...is the end of that. Closed topic please.

Mike

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5. Re: current tipping standards?

Yes, this is a well worn topic, but it's important not let the advice offered by no 3 go unchallenged. We should actively discourage transatlantic tipping habits in Europe. They are completely inappropriate and unnecessary. Apart from those restaurants where there is no service charge, and rounding up taxi fares to the nearest pound, we don't tip. End of story.

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6. Re: current tipping standards?

3 is making damaging remarks, they may advocate tourists tipping and cause inflation, but for most people economic times are tough and we could do without additional price inflation caused by increased tipping expectation

Edited: 26 October 2013, 10:15
UK
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7. Re: current tipping standards?

If you don't want to tip then don't

Simple

Ii someone leaves an over generous tip then it is not going to cause the economy to collapse.

And if plenty of tips are received it is more likely to keep prices down rather than force them up surely.

And my post was just a comment hardly in the category of damaging now is it?

Damaging to whom?

The tipper is happy

The person receiving the tip is happy

So who is unhappy?

Those that don't want to leave a tip anyway?

I don't think so , their circumstances haven't been altered

But that's how it is

You tip or don't tip according to your own view and pocket.

Anyhow its all been said on here over and over

Scotland
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8. Re: current tipping standards?

Tip up to 10% in a restaurant if the service is good.

Round taxi fares up to the nearest pound.

Don't tip anyone else.* Especially, don't tip in bars.

That's the way we do things here, and we'd like to keep it that way.

* possible exceptions are tour guides, hotel porters, hotel chambermaids, and hairdressers. But only if they deserve it - it is not the default setting to tip.

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9. Re: current tipping standards?

Damaging to whom?

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To the person who comes after the tipper. You are setting an expectation that a tip is required. You are causing inflation at a time of economic hardship, you might have money to throw around, but pushing up the prices for everyone else is unfair and selfish

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10. Re: current tipping standards?

<<<< The person receiving the tip is happy >>>

Not necessarily - some people see tipping as de-meaning by implying they are under-paid, or are being treated condescendingly by a person showing off their relative wealth, or need a bribe to do a good job

Edited: 26 October 2013, 14:04