I don't know about the rest of the world, but it seems to me that there are way too many establishments in the U.S. that ask for tips. The shave ice stand has a little can for tips. This is after you pay the $3.00 for ice and flavoring, which I happen to love, by the way. You see these tip cans everywhere. You tip the guy who parks your car, the maid for cleaning your room, the bellhop who brings your bags to your room, the cab driver, etc. If anybody does anything for you, you're more often than not expected to tip. At restaurants now, it's 15 to 20%. You are not supposed to give less than 10% even if you got super crappy service.
It always amazed me that when we were in Japan, you didn't need to tip. It was so refreshing. People must be paid adequately to do their work and that's all they expect. There were several times that Art gave too much for the Japanese cab driver and said to keep the change. The cab driver was so appreciative that it would almost make Art feel like he should have given more.
I always get confused on the amount to tip and got this information on how much you should be tipping everybody.
OK, that's fine. However, the other day we got a bill from our Star Advertiser newspaper. Notice where there's a space for TIP? Yes, it's optional, but really... do you need to tip the newspaper, too? We do give the newspaper carrier a Christmas tip. But now the newspaper company itself wants a tip? How much do they expect?