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Foreigners Not Tipping

Motosport | Dec 8, 2016 08:39 AM

We had Sunday brunch at Maison Kayser. It's a semi upscale French bakery and café, moderately expensive but not over the top. Brunch for two $30-40 before tip.

The late 20's couple sitting next to us spoke French, I assumed they were French but it's not the point.

They finished their meal before us and gave the server a $100 bill with the check. The server returned with their change and I noticed that he left $1. for a tip.

I know the service was exceptional and could not bite my tongue. I caught his eye and said unbelievingly: "One dollar??, servers here work for tips."

His response: "I am a poor student." I saw designer jeans and running shoes and said: "If you are a poor student you should eat at McDonalds or a diner."
He grumped, looked down at the dollar and left 5 more.

When I travel I do a minimum of research to find the local customs regarding tipping and such. This obviously well educated couple should have known better.

Thanks for letting me share.

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