How to tip gracefully when there's no money exchange?
July 26, 2012 10:10 AM Subscribe
What is the least awkward way of tipping someone when you're not actually paying for anything?
posted by schmoo to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am from the UK, where the tipping culture is not nearly as established as in the US. That said, I always tip at a restaurant and sometimes at other times such as the hairdressers or when taking a taxi.
However, while I'm comfortable saying 'keep the change' to the taxi driver, or simply leaving a few pounds on the bill when leaving a restaurant, I can't work out the least awkward way of tipping when we go on holiday to an all-inclusive place next month.
Even though the resort says tips are included, I still intend on tipping (for drinks, food, maid etc) as I think these people work extremely hard for very little money. So how do classy people tip, when there's not actually any exchange of money going on?!
I literally need instructions here, as I find the whole business quite awkward and embarrassing. When there's no tray to put the tip on, like there would be with your bill in a restaurant, I don't know what to do with the money! I feel like just handing the barman money after he gives us our drinks is a little awkward. Similarly with the person who brings us our luggage. I guess with meals at the restaurants at the resort we can still leave the tip on the table at the end when we leave, so I suppose it's when getting drinks at the bar and beach and the luggage people I am most clueless about tipping. It's very likely I am overthinking this, as in the UK tipping at bars is just not done (although we do sometimes say 'have one for yourself' and buy the barman a drink), but still - help me not be awkward about this! Thanks.