The following guest post is by Dominique Brown.
What an interesting title. When you click this post I’m pretty damn sure you were thinking, “What the heck is Dom talking about?”
Why would European waitresses love fat, overweight and overconfident Americans?
You see the answer is rather simple but interesting. I’ve never been to Europe before, so when we went on our European vacation I knew that tipping your waitress after a meal is customary. What I didn’t know was that European tipping practices are drastically different than American tipping practices.
A simple Google search could have solved this, but let’s be frank, I had more important shit to worry about before going to Europe.
I should have known I was doing something wrong when waiters and waitresses were treating us like celebrities.
For example, in Amsterdam we ate at the same restaurant for dinner two days in a row. The reason we did this was because this restaurant was amazing, and there was no way in heck we wanted to take a chance on another restaurant after finding such a stellar one.
Anyways, the server from our first Amsterdam dinner happened to work on day two, and when I tell you this guy was happy to see us… That’s an understatement. I thought he was going to name is first born after me or ask me to adopt him.
Well…umm, I used to tipping 20% all the time regardless of the bill.
Americans might be thinking, big deal! That’s what you’re supposed to do. Remember, in America, servers make $2.15 per hour and live on tips.
In Europe, this is different. Europeans are paid a salary, excellent benefits, etc etc. So a 20% tip is a huge bonus to a person already receiving a pretty good salary. Secondly, tips and all that jazz is baked into the price of the food in Europe. That’s why everything is so damn expensive.
I didn’t learn until we made it to the last leg of our trip in Belgium that we are over-tippers.
Apparently, a tip of 1-3 euro is what you give when you get stellar service… Not 20-40 Euro.
Oh well, you live and you learn
There are two things that can come out of this.. I perpetuated a stereotype of Americans in Europe being big tippers or I crushed the stereotype of black people don’t tip. [Kevin] I’m surprised personally! I thought Europe wouldn’t be too different, but I guess it is. Always pays to learn your customs! In Asia, they can actually get offended under some circumtances if you do tip.
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Dominique Brown is the CEO of DNB Financial Planning, landlord, financial educator and non-profit owner. He enjoys working out, helping others and everything about finance. His sole purpose for creating the website yourfinancessimplified is to share his passion of personal finance and to help as many people as he can.