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    Default Why are Canadians such bad tippers?

    I never understood that. Is it because servers up there make at least minimum wage?
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    I doubt your premise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I doubt your premise.
    x2. My 14-year-old sis can work for 3 hours dishwashing and make $24 in tips plus $8.50/hr wage.
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    You've angered the Canucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    You've angered the Canucks.
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    American tourists are supposedly the best tippers, so it follows that Canadians would be worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    I never understood that. Is it because servers up there make at least minimum wage?
    That's probably part of it. Also, tips are effectively tax free, so to overtaxed Canadian wage earners like moi, a 10% tip is actually worth 15% of my pre-tax wages. So I have to earn $1.50 for every $1.00 I leave in tips, but since those dollars are tax free to the staff collecting them, each one is worth more in actual spending power.

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    Strange, I usually do 15% or more, that that is just me. Also, American tourists tend to make at least twice what I do so I suppose they have more money to throw around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SensEye View Post
    That's probably part of it. Also, tips are effectively tax free, so to overtaxed Canadian wage earners like moi, a 10% tip is actually worth 15% of my pre-tax wages. So I have to earn $1.50 for every $1.00 I leave in tips, but since those dollars are tax free to the staff collecting them, each one is worth more in actual spending power.
    No, they are taxable, so you might want to watch admitting you don't declare the tax on them

    Edit : unless you don't mean you are a waiter.. in which case you are just.. wrong? either way

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    It's very simple, actually. In the U.S., a tip seems to be expected for every service and task. In Canada, it isn't like that. For example, if you go golfing in the U.S., you should tip the guy who helps you get your bags out of your car (even if thats something you cna do on your own), but in Canada it's like "thanks, kid!" and they can just enjoy the 8 bucks an hour or whatever they make. Thats what I notice when I'm in the states, you have to tip for everything, but in Canada it's more just like waiters and stuff like that (and it's 15%).

    So I think thats what it is, our culture doesn't have as much tipping and therefor we don't know how to tip to your expert-tipping standards.

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