Tipping is a way of showing appreciation to the person who has provided a service. In restaurants, it is customary to provide a 15-20% tip to the waiter while in bars and nightclubs, 10% tipping is considered generous.
The term "tip" comes from the old English word "tip," which means "to give." The original intent of a tip was to give an additional amount of money to someone else who has done something helpful or nice for you.
Some people believe that tipping should be mandatory while others think it should be based on how well the employee did her job. However, tipping has not been standardized and there are no strict rules about what would qualify as an appropriate tip or how much it should be.
There are two common ways of calculating tips: the percentage method and the dollar amount method. The percentage method calculates tips on the total amount before taxes while the dollar amount method calculates them on just the total bill excluding taxes.
In some countries, tipping is a customary practice. In the US, for example, many people tip waiters and bartenders. In addition, some people tip taxi drivers and hotel housekeepers.
Different cultures have different tipping customs. For example, in Japan, it is common to leave a larger cash tip when you pay at a restaurant or bar. Additionally, in China, it is not customary to use cash when paying for goods or services with one exception: taxis.
For restaurants, tipping at restaurants is an important part of the dining experience. Bringing along some cash for tipping will ensure you can show appreciation to your server or bartender for providing excellent service. Some diners tip based on the amount of the bill, while others rely on a set percentage. There are also instances where 10% is automatically added to the bill at certain restaurants, so be sure to check your bill before adding any additional gratuity.