Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tipping... Drikkepenge

First before I get into the content of this blog, I have to comment on the Danish word for "tipping".. which is "drikkepenge" which translates to "drinking money". Interesting....I am sure there is some history associated to this one!
Not sure I like that meaning for the tips Jess receives as a waitress.... anyway, I digress. Back to the blog.

Før jeg skriver denne blog, vil jeg gerne kommentere om det danske ord for "tipping" som er "drikkepenge" der oversætter til "drinking money". Interessant.... Jeg er sikker på at der er en historie om hvorfor det kaldes "drikkepenge"!
Men jeg kan ikke lide denne betydning for de "tips" Jess får som en tjener...men jeg kommer væk fra emnet. Tilbage til blog...

When we were on Road Trip 99, we ate in LOTS of restaurants. But one of them had something that came with the check that I thought was really smart.... See the picture below.

Da vi var på Road Trip 99, spist vi i mange restauranter. Men en af dem havde noget med regning som jeg syntes var så smart.... Se billede.

When I moved to DK, I had to get OUT of the habit of tipping... and sometimes I still ask my hairdresser if I REALLY don't need to leave her a tip... I just feel ODD not doing it because tipping is such a huge part of American life.

Da jeg flyttede til DK, var jeg meget vant til "Tipping" og lærte at det er ikke en normal vane i DK. Faktisk spørger sommetider jeg min frisør hvis hun er sikker på at jeg ikke har brug for at "tip" hende fordi "Tipping" er en stor del af amerikansk liv.

When we travel to other countries, I always research to find out what the standard is in restaurants in those countries because (especially as a Mom whose daughter works as a waitress) I think it is my responsibility to find out what is the RIGHT thing to do in restaurants in that country....

Når vi rejser til andre land, undersøger jeg altid for at finde ud hvad er acceptabel vedr. "tipping" i restauranter fordi (især som en mor der har en datter som arbejde som en tjener) jeg tror at det er mit ansvar for at finde ud hvad er den RIGTIGE ting at gøre i restauranter i dette land.

I posted this document on Facebook this week to share my discovery and that posting opened up all kinds of dialogue from my friends who are from many different places in the world... so that piqued my curiosity...hence today's blog.

Jeg brugte dette billede på Facebook i foregårs for at dele min "opdagelse". Og billedet skabede så meget diskussion med mine venner fra omkring verden at jeg var meget nysgerrig for at høre more om emnet.... derfor jeg skrev idags blog.

My questions for you to consider-- What is tipping like where you live? Whom do you tip and how much? Is tipping something that folks actually depend on like the waitresses in Texas who only earn $2.13/hour? And do you check out tipping practices before you travel to a foreign country?

Mine spørgsmål for jer at overveje.... Hvordan er "Tipping" brugte hvor du bor? Hvem får "tips" og hvor meget? Er "tipping" noget at mennesker er afhængig på ligesom tjener i Texas som kun tjener $2.13/time? Og finder du ud om "tipping" før du rejser til andet land?


Suzanne said...

We tip generously because our daughter also worked as a waitress when she was in college.

Tina M Cella said...

I have to admit that I don't check up on local customs before I visit another country. Being Danish tipping isn't something that comes natural to me, but I do tip when I'm in Italy or Spain. BUt it's more of a "merit" tip that a percentage. If I feel I was treated well and got good food I tip well, if it sucked my tip sucks...:-)

Caution/Lisa said...

I was shocked when a bagger at a grocery story insisted on loading my groceries and then insisted that he couldn't take a tip. As an American, I want to know A)what's wrong with that store for hiring someone like him and B)have his parents had him tested for a learning disability. I am the only one I know whose job does not provide tips.

Anonymous said...

Hmm...I normally tip on merit, or otherwise might round up the price to an easy to give figure. I worked as a waitress myself when I was a student and didn't expect a tip, though it was always nice to receive of course. I think we were paid decently OK, so the tip was an added bonus rather than an expected thing.
About when I am abroad, i tend to ask people from there what the norm is and try and go from there.

Camila Dias said...

Even though tipping is not usual here in DK - we sometimes leave a few good coins behind if the service was really outstanding. I think they appreciate it and sort of motivates to keep up the good work.

But if the service is just ordinary, then we don't leave anything as the service fee is already included on the bill (which often is not small :-).

N said...

I never tip when I travel in Europe and I do check in local customs. In Canada, we tip 15% at restaurants but it seriously depends how good the service is. Sometimes I think it's better to raise the salary than depend on the tips.

I do tip hairdresser and colorists here, but not much though. I personally am not a fan of tipping but I do whatever local customs require.

Anonymous said...

In Australia we would rarely ever tip, unless you've had an excellent meal with great service, and then still usually when it's a fairly fancy restaurant.
Waiter/esses earn something like 20 dollars an hour, so it's not so bad (I was one for a long time!). Of course cafes also have tip jars, but only for the few coins change you can do without.
I find it hard to adjust to tipping becuase the places i have lived (DK, China, Aus) actually sort of frown upon it.
I like that oyu actively find out about tipping before travelling- if waitresses in the US are seriously paid that little then it's important to know the customs!

Alex said...

God, tipping drives me insane. Here in the US, at a salon it's expected to tip the girl who shampoos you at the salon as well as the person who cuts your hair. As a result, instead of relaxes and getting a good shampoo, you have to listen to the shampoo girl trying to tell you her name and ingratiate herself to you for a better tip. I hate it.

And salaries here suck. I really think salaries should be much higher. It's ridiculous to expect people to live off tips, and fosters a false, slimy attitude. As an introvert, I don't want to chat with my waitress/stylist/and so on. Commission should be done away with too, but in a capitalist society that will never happen.