Sometimes it's difficult to know about the various ways regarding tipping in different countries. In some countries tipping is very common, in others there's very little tipping and I have been told that in Japan a tip could be considered an insult. I wonder if that is true? I have never been to Japan, so I have no personal experience. Mr Micawber, Hela and Liveinjapan, please inform me!

Please tell us a little about tipping in your country. Whom should a tourist tip? What is the right amount? What happens if no tip is given?

In Finland very few people expect a tip. Hotel porters who take your luggage to your room will expect a tip. As a service charge is included in your restaurant bill, no tipping is necessary. Some people round the sum up a little if they have had an enjoyable evening. Taxi drivers don't expect a tip - but won't refuse it if you give them something. There's absolutely no tipping in barber shops and hairdresser's.

On the whole, the prevalent idea is that the employer should pay his employees a living wage, which entitles him to a decent pension when he retires, and it's not the duty of the customer to provide a worker with money for his daily expenses. On the whole, we tend to think tips are a part of the social fabric of the developing countries.

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Hi Cool Breeze Emotion: smile

In Turkey, tip is generally expected. In restaurants the service is not included and you are expected to tip 10% of the bill. You don't have to tip of course, I mean nothing happens if you don't (except the negative expression on the waiter's face). However, it is better if to leave a little amount left behind. About hairdresser's: I never do tip, but I have seen some people do. For taxi drivers: I never tip, also I have never seen any one who does that..

If you come here as a tourist, I suggest you to tip in the restaurants, hotels especially (I'm not a tourist but I tip too).. Right amount is the 10%.
Of course tipping exists in Russia too. Waiters and taxi drivers can get a tip as well.
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Tipping in the United States is quite common. One always tips in a restaurant, for a coat check, and for valet parking, but tips are accepted gladly whenever offered. Here, in Kentucky, anyway, it isn't customary to tip a barber or hairdresser. In fact, I've never heard or read of anyone doing so until just now.
Really KY?

It's customary to tip about 20% to your hairdresser here.
Grammar GeekReally KY?

It's customary to tip about 20% to your hairdresser here.

Yes, really. Here, when you have your hair cut or the like, the barber or hairdresser will cut your hair first, then you just ask how much you owe the hairdresser, and that's what you pay them.

I don't mean anything by this, but I really don't understand whyone would tip a hairdresser. Perhaps it's the difference between a rural area and a more urban one... Emotion: smile

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In my area, a tip is always welcome but never required.
In a restaurant bill, you often have a separate voice for service (usually a 10-20%), so you're really not expected to add something more for the waiter. However, nobody will be offended if you add a tip.
Tipping the hairdresser or the taxi driver is quite common.
TanitTipping the hairdresser or the taxi driver is quite common.

Really? Here in Tuscany the hairdresser is very expensive, I've never seen someone tipping him/her!

Usually when I go out for dinner with my friends we tell the waiter/waitress to keep the change, since the service is included in the final price of the dinner.

FrancescaReally? Here in Tuscany the hairdresser is very expensive, I've never seen someone tipping him/her!

It is expensive in my city, either! (It's cheaper in nearby towns and villages, though)
Tips are usually meant for those girls (kind of apprentices) who wash your hair before the hairdresser does his/her job (cutting, dying etc) ... I guess the general idea is that they are not properly paid Emotion: sad
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