What to tip?
However, one thing that caught my eye, is this writer claims the standard amount of a tip in a full service restaurant is now 20%. I remember when it went from 10-15%, and sometimes 20%, but I don't really remember 20% being the rule.
To their credit, the BBC points out some of the benefits of tipping.
Americans think it is the most natural thing in the world to pay for a service, at the point where you receive it, person-to-person.
First, they reason, it keeps whoever is doing the serving on their toes.
There is something in that, by the way. I have waited half an hour for a receipt in communist Poland while watching two young waiters playing football with a polystyrene cup.
And it's not just in communist places this is a problem. I sat in an Argentine restaurant with a group of 20 people, and it took more than 1/2 hour to place our orders.
Of course Argentines are accustom to leisurely dining, but we had a bus to catch.