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Postby olive » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:58 pm

We tip about 10% though if there are problems like filthy toilets or disinterested staff then I leave nothing.

We discussed tipping with some Spanish friends and their answer was unequivocally zero always as “ they get paid”!

Is tipping a thing of the past?

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Re: Tipping

Postby dxf » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:00 pm


No, in certain places tips are aggregated to include chefs etc. Yes, in a perfect world, tipping would become redundant but it is nice to tip - to get a better service over and beyond what you would expect.


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Re: Tipping

Postby costakid » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:08 pm

We have witnessed many Spanish tipping a paltry sum. €78.50 bill rounded up to €80. On the other hand they a coffee for 1.20 and leave 1.50
We always leave a couple of euros on a €25 bill if we are happy with service and a bigger tip if its a place we use regularly and they know us. Once places know you the service is usually better although it should be the same for all.

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Re: Tipping

Postby elusive » Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:27 am

For the most part food is cheap and good quality. We always leave a tip,(amount dependent on the bill size) unless the food,service was terrible or they rip you off by charging a couple of euros for a can of coke etc. Wages are poor and waiters work very hard especially in the summer. They deserve all the tips they can get.

Maybe spanish dont tip as much because they are on poor wages and expect cheap good quality good so its not a novelty. Unlike for the brits who in the uk expect to be ripped off at every opportunity

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Re: Tipping

Postby Free at Last » Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:55 am

We do tip, unless as others have said the service, food or cleanliness has not been good. Since the hospitality industry was allowed to re-open after the first lockdown we have tended to give a larger amount than before, we have felt very fortunate that our income wasn't affected at all and the staff in hospitality will have lost so much.

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Re: Tipping

Postby PuffTheMagicDragon » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:56 am

We were told when we first came here that 5% was the absolute maximum, and preferably just any small(ish) coins given with your change.
If the toilets etc are dirty, to me that’s down to the management, not the waiting staff, so I’ll still tip a waiter/waitress even so, if they are good that is.
If the waiting staff are the owners or their family, they’re getting all the profit, so no tip.


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