The question is to tip or not to tip?
On a recent visit back to Australia, I noticed that in restaurants it has almost become the norm to tip. People expect it.
Now, I understand in places such as the US, because of the low wages, it is the norm to tip. This is OK. Also, this is not only restricted to waiters. Tipping is common for bar men, pizza delivery boys and girls and so on.
My issue is, in Australia we have minimum wages. Why do the waiters and waitresses get a special treatment? Why don't the cashiers at supermarket deserve to get a tip like the waiters do?
In Singapore, the waiters don't particularly get paid less than other professions either. So, why the extra 10% surcharge in a restaurant. Do the waiters actually get the money?
In Asia, because you are foreigner, people expect you to pay a tip. Taxis, bell boys, waiters ... If you don't they give you THE LOOK!
A comment was made on another thread about Australians not tipping when visiting Asian countries. Why should they?
I don't get a tip in my office job. I get a salary just like everybody else. A level of performance is expected. In a restaurant also, a level of service is expected. You pay for your meal which includes the restaurant's overheards. Why pay extra for good service when it should be offered either way. It is called customer service.
What are people's thoughts on this?