UnderCover Waitress: Tipping in France

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tipping in France

Nice post by a professional tour guide reminding people that it is the law in France that a 15% gratuity is included in restaurant bills. It is customary in France, the writer tells us, to leave a small gratuity in cash on the table, but it is no necessary.

Funny how Europeans come here and pretend not to understand our American strange and confusing tipping practices. Have waited on pretentious sots that show off how many languages they speak and brag about how many countries they have spent time in. Cultural, worldly, full of themselves. When it comes time to pay the bill, they suddenly have the cultural awareness and education of Cletis the slack-jawed yokel.

But "Insider Tips" is about Americans spending gobs of money on leaving tips that they did not have to pay, and what they could have shopped for with that money. Nice to know Americans are trying to behave themselves overseas and lay to rest the stereotype of the "ugly American."

When I first arrived in London and had a meal in the restaurant, I attempted to leave a tip when it was time to pay. The waiter acted offended that I would try to tip; gratuity is included. At least he didn't lie to me like the French waitress in the article. It would have been nice if he didn't make me feel like my dirty American ways caused him to want to shower.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Insider Tips: Restaurant Tipping

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