Some people admit that the moment when they have to settle accounts with a waiter, masseur or hairdresser is quite difficult for them - they are tormented by the question of whether it is necessary to give it "for tea" and how much money will be "just right" for this. It's no secret that, for example, in many restaurants, staff salaries are not very high - the bulk of the waiters' monthly earnings are tips, but this does not mean at all that you should leave them automatically.
Abroad, this system of material incentives for personnel has existed for a long time, so a person who does not tip for a job well done deserves the tacit contempt of the attendants. Tipping is given to everyone here: the porter in the hotel, the taxi driver, the waiter, the head waiter, the maid and the bartender.
Traditionally, the amount in the range of 1-2 euros or dollars is left by experienced hotel guests. This serves as an incentive for the maid to show her zeal and clean the room better. If you are staying at a hotel, just leave a small amount on the coffee table, placing it on a note with a single word: "Thanks" - "Thank you."
Tipping is customary in each country. In Russia, you can often see an inscription on the menu that a fixed amount of 10% must be added to the cost of lunch as a tip to the waiter. In the United States, this amount, taking into account the quality of service, can be up to 25%. Here the amount of tip also depends on the level of the establishment - the more pretentious it is, the more the waiter will count on from you. Refusal to tip here is equivalent to insulting the waiter, seller, taxi driver.
In Western European countries, tips are usually no more than 5-6% of the cost of the service. In Northern Europe, as in Germany, this amount is the usual 10% and is often included in the bill immediately. In Austria, you can leave no tip at all if you had to repeat your request for checkout to the waiter several times. The French pay up to 15% of the tip, in this regard, France is the most expensive of the European countries.
The Japanese and Australians believe that good service is the direct responsibility of the staff, and there is no need to further stimulate it. In these countries, a waiter or hairdresser may even be offended in response to your attempt to pay for his work in excess of the established tariff. Gratuities are included in the cost of tourist services in Egypt and Tunisia. Therefore, there is no need to pay extra there, although Russians often violate this rule.
But in any country there is always a rule that tips are voluntary, and you are not officially obliged to give them if they are not included in the bill. This is especially true of cases when you were served poorly and of poor quality.