Maximus wrote:I find Europeans get very hung up on tipping "rules", especially when visiting the USA, and some people can get really stressed about it. They shouldn't. If you get it "wrong" why worry? You will soon be forgotten as the staff deal with hundreds of people a day!
Having had holiday jobs in my youth when I relied on tipping, I can assure you some people aren't easily forgotten.
1968 working at Paddington station as a porter the comedian Bob Monkhouse gave me 6d. Americans would a few shillings.
Wind the clock forward to a meal in the US earlier this year I gave the waiter a very good tip because I don't tend to bother with change. He came back to the table twice to check I didn't want the change and to say thank you. We ate there again a week later and got amazing service.