TIPPING AROUND THE WORLD
The etiquette of tipping varies widely around the world. Depending on what you know, it can get you a top table and service on your next visit or a seat by the kitchen and a waiter who’s missing in action.
Follow the guidelines below, as originally reported in the WSJ.
10% is the upper limit.
- Czech Republic
Don’t leave cash on the table – round your tab to the nearest whole number and tell your waiter the total you are paying.
Tipping is not expected as everything is included on bills.
Service compris on a bill is pretty standard, meaning a 10% tip has been included. An additional 5% is always welcome, but not necessary.
As in France, Serviço of 10% is typically added to the bill.
Tips are not expected, and if you leave one, the staff will probably politely return it.
If you are adding a tip to a credit-card bill, ask before the card is swiped. 5% is considered decent. Many Spaniards skip tipping at lunch.
There are no clear rules here, but at expensive restaurants, you could round up the total to the next 500 or 1000 rubles.
At Western or upmarket Thai restaurants, a standard tip is 15%. In traditional establishments, 20 baht (75 cents) per diner is usual.
Most restaurants add at least 10% service charge to the bill. However, it’s customary to tip other service providers, such as movie-theater ushers, who expect a small gratuity.