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Discussion in 'Food & Travel' started by Crazy_Yank, May 12, 2007.
You can't reward bad service. That's wrong.
But your average golf playing CEO makes how much an hour for essentially being a figurehead? $4,000 - 5,000?
Based on my experience, countries like Korea and Japan, with no tip culture whatsoever, has better service than the U.S. or Europe.
i really dont think tipping improves the service in restaurants, but service quality is more related with education/training and monitoring of employees.
Speaking of countries like Japan and Korea, I've heard over there (especially in Japan) that it's considered somewhat offensive to tip a waiter. As opposed to the US where not tipping is offensive, and Europe, where there is no real tipping culture, but a waiter will hardly be offended by getting a tip.
Anyone with some firsthand experience to confirm or deny this?
Actually I though of bumping this thread, but someone did it for me
I was in a restaurant last with my dad and we ordered an appetizer, followed by the main course.
The waiter proceeded to bring out the main course and no appetizer.... So I politely said in an asking way, "I guess you can take the appetizer off the order?"
And he said, "oh, I was going to bring it out, I thought you wanted it with the main course."
I never heard of such a thing UNLESS it was stated while being ordered, so I said "umm. no no big deal, but we wanted it before."
He gave us no hassle and removed it from the tab. He was friendly, and otherwise did a good job so we tipped him well over 15%.
But my reason for bringing it up is I have never heard of the app being brought at the same time, unless a conversation happened explaining it so. In other words, it isnt standard, hence the word appetizer. And if it is policy, the responsibility is on the waiter to state so.
Am i correct?
I have no idea why anyone would assume an appetizer to come with the main course.
a quick search brings up "Tipping is not the common custom in Japan and it is almost never done at casual restaurants, as it is considered rude, implying that servers must be paid extra to ensure they do their job"
I see that happen a lot at Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Last week, at a Thai restaurant with my Mum, we ordered a chicken lettuce wrap appetizer, which was bigger than our meals, and came at the same time.
I believe that it's customary for the waiter to ask when to bring a soup or salad, but generally appetizers are brought before the meal.
In short, you're correct.