Happy new year 2010 everyone!
Been on leave, on so many levels.
But New year’s eve and a recent incident at a restaurant just before that bring us to this year’s first post: tipping.
Let’s face it Brunei isn’t a tipping country, we just don’t tip. But having lived in UK for a fair bit of time, where tipping is not really compulsory but is sometimes expected, the habit lingers. A couple of weeks before the new year, we paid our bill for lunch and rushed off. Literally a week on, I was back at the restaurant and much to my surprise the waitress gave me $5, explaining they’d overcharged us the previous week. How honest! So I told her to keep the money as a tip, but she politely refused. On new year’s eve, I treated my anak buah to pizza and ordered a few. When the delivery guy came, we gave him the $4 change as a tip, but he would only take $2 after much insistence on my part.
On new year’s day I flew to Singapore and in the taxi there was a leaflet on tipping ettiquette which said tipping was not encouraged nor expected there.
And just hours ago, a friend asked me about tipping, hence this post.
Don’t know about you, but I do think sometimes tipping is just good manners. Ok I won’t tip in all restaurants, but when I’ve been impressed with the services rendered to me, I would. And in turn, I show displeasure by not doing so. And never if a service charge has been included in the bill.
In little cafes and restaurant I went to in the UK, I’d leave a spare change up to a pound for the waitress. I’d also tip hotel staff for little favours. I’d do the same in Australia, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia etc. In the States it is expected- in fact that’s how some sectors earn their living!
But why wouldn’t the Tutong pizza guy or the waitress take my tip? Were they offended by the gesture? I surely hope not.
But my general rule is 10% of the bill – more, if particularly good service is rendered.
Here’s a good