Gratuity, the tip
'tip' is the word for gratuity in the sense of your appreciation for a prompt
service. tip means: to insure promptness.
In former times people were used to give the tip before
receiving any service, but later peolple thought it would make
more sense to wait until the service was performed - so the
tip could be adjusted to the level of satisfaction.
So far the history - what is now the appropriate tipping
In restaurants it's usual to give 15% tip on the total
amount. Note: the amount is not depending on the quality of
the food but on the friendliness and ability of the
Service personnel lives on 'tip', it's important for them
and in the US, this gratuity is not included in the bill
(called check in the US). Exception: you will often see that
tip will be automatically added to the total amount of your
bill when parties of more than 6 or 8 persons sit together in
Tipping in hotels:
bell man / doorman etc.: 1$ per piece of luggage or when
getting you a taxi, room maids approx. 1-2$+ per night,
depending on the level of hotel.
Taxi driver: 10-15%, min. $1
At the airport: porters get usually 1$ per piece of
luggage. You may give more, if you have heavy luggage.
Valet parking / hotel parking / restaurant parking: 1$-$2
for getting your car.