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Germans tip-top for generosity on holiday

The Local · 21 May 2012, 16:12

Published: 21 May 2012 16:12 GMT+02:00

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A new survey shows 72 percent of Germans said they felt comfortable tipping on holiday and claimed to know exactly how much was appropriate in different countries, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper reported on Monday.

That might have something to do with the large number of Germans who read up on local tipping customs before they pack their bags – 55 percent.

The survey for travel website TripAdvisor said that 83 percent of German holidaymakers said they varied the size of their tip according to the country they were in, with 49 percent saying they were particularly conscious about tipping in countries like the US, where the extras are crucial to staff incomes.

But they will not dip into their pockets without good reason – two-thirds said they would only tip if the service met their expectations, with friendliness and politeness identified as the most important criteria in this regard.

The survey showed that Germans were more generous than their European counterparts – with travellers from Britain, France, Italy and Spain all failing to top Teutonic tippers. While 63 percent of Germans said they always tipped on holiday, only 37 percent of the other respondents made the same claim.

And, in a possible reflection of their country’s relative economic strength, almost three-quarters of Germans said the financial crisis had not altered their tipping habits – higher than the international average of 59 percent.

Pia Schratzenstaller, a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor in Germany, welcomed the findings. "The survey shows that German travellers take care to inform themselves in detail of local customs before they set off," she concluded.

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19:24 May 21, 2012 by catjones
My 'survey' proved the opposite when I asked bartenders at three fairly high-end restaurants in Chicago, 'Who tips the worst?' Without hesitation, they all said the same thing. One even said they take bets when germans come in.
19:58 May 21, 2012 by Grebo
There is a big difference between saying you tip well and actually forking the cash over...Germans have a reputation for poor tipping. Ones has to think, where does this reputation come from?
16:30 May 22, 2012 by lucksi
Saying (and thinking) that you tip well, doesn't mean you do. If you round up to the nearest dollar or ,heck -even tip 10%- that is much in your mind because you are used to restaurants that calculate their costs into their prices and you pay what is written on the menu.

Instead of having to pay for the waiter as the customer and the busboy and whatever else in the US. Apparantly it's now 18% minimum that you should add. And pretty soon it will be 25%

16:41 May 22, 2012 by siba
catjones: In the US tipping is part of paying the waiters because they are paid so badly, so tipping is part of the sallary. in germany it is not like that and you only tip if you also get good service. most germans do not know how the tipping system works in the US, also because in Germany most people still pay cash in restaurants and in the US everything works via credit card.

in my experience most germans tipp well while the dutch are really "dutch"... but all that might be subjective, as your "survey" too. actually, who cares?
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