Well, well, well. Mary Stacy was quite sharp. She noticed that we normally tip in the region of 10% when we eat out. Now that it was brought up, I think it’s a very interesting topic.
We had always thought (and still believe) that Canadians generally tip in the region of 10% to 15%. That is to say that we generally tip 10% and only 15% or more if the service is good. Well, that had always been what we normally do.
We do observe and practice tipping more when we are in the US. I believe the norm is to tip at least 15% and up to 20% and more if the service is good. So, when Mary Stacy mentioned that 10% was low and that I think she’s from Chicago, I am kind of not surprised she mentioned it.
I could be wrong.
So, here is the question for you all … I mean you ALL readers … I mean not just readers from Canada and the US … can you share with me (1) where you are from and (2) how much do you typically tip? Just take a few seconds and respond with a comment.
I will collect all responses and summarize them. It will be very interesting to know, I bet.
Update 18Jul: FYI, here is what I found on wikipedia about tipping in Canada:
Tipping in Canada is similar to that in the United States due to the close cultural nature of the two countries. For example, while tipping for waiters in the United States is 15-20% for good service, waiters in Canada also receive 10-20% for good service.
Whew! It’s good to know we were not so cheap after all. LOL!