TIPPING: ITS NOT JUST A CITY IN CHINA.
Everyone at some point in their lives should be in the service industry.Â EVERYONE. Then they would understand the trials and hurdles a waiter faces. This blog is inspired by two new buddies from DenmarkÂ (whom I met on my travels in NZ and then proceeded to meet up with later in Hollywood). In NZ, Australia, and Denmark it is not customary to tip. Â Here's why: theÂ minimumÂ wage in these countries is double (if not triple) than that of the United States. Â That's why they don't need your money. In the United States, its a bit different (especially outside California). Â The U.S. is kinda backwards all over (hello feet, inches, degrees, mph).Â We don't make what the rest of the world makes, precisely why we depend on your tips. Â But Paul, my service really sucked! Well, the guy probably has been there too long or maybe he's having a bad day. It happens. Solution: Ask for a manager. I don't take it out the waiter's pocket. Â Give the guy some $, andÂ politelyÂ as for a manager. Â That way, Mr. X got his money and you have someone to talk to about your bad service. Â Don't make a scene, don't throw things, don't stomp about til you get a free appetizer (because that appetizer was dropped on the floor on purpose). Â Say your peace, pay your money, and hopefully someone will respond with someone productive. Â Scenario 2: You walk up to the bartender and say "Hey man, I'm a real big tipper, take care of me, and I'll get you back." More often than not, that dude stiffs you after you've been hooking him up all night. Â Solution: You get to a bar, throw the bartender $ up front and say "Hey, you get me, there's more to come." Now I know you meanÂ business. When I left $6 on the table after my $30 meal, my guys from Denmark thought I was crazy. Â Dude is working at 3am and probably has been there since 6pm with no breaks. Â Ya, I gave'em $6. Â Minimum wage in Denmark is $20. I'll type that again. MINIMUM WAGE IN DENMARK IS $20. They get free healthcare and freeÂ universityÂ (college to you U.S. types). Sounds like paradise...where do I sign up?! The catch: they get taxed double what we do. Â They make more and get taxed more, which in turn goes back into the country so they can pay for healthcare/school. We get taxed less and pay for everything. So it evens out really. Â Well look at that, we all learned something today. Â We all got some culture. Â That's what I'm here for, education. Bringing the world together, one tip at a time