Jun 27, 2006, 8:02 AM
Post #8 of 38
I noticed you are a British subject and no doubt have more insight as to indigenous convention and habits routinely exhibited by some European travelers. The experience I spoke of in my previous post, involved folks from Spain and some other foreign speaking language which sounded like German.
This young man, our guide and our well-experienced helmsman not only displayed his skill in forging a blistering, very scary category “4 & 5” rapids ride but spoke “practiced” English exceptionally well. One could clearly see his pointed effort was to be informative of the surroundings, including but not limited to cultural habit and also entertaining regional trivia.
More important, his unyielding effort to please came across in an affable, pleasant manor. Frankly, the six in our party were more than pissed at the flagrant disregard displayed toward this young man (whose wages in Costa Rica we knew are definitely sub-standard).
I feel my previous initial post was too all encompassing. It should have been clarified and more country specific to the occasion. That is not to say I don’t believe the whole country is this way but it did cause the guide to exclaim with a sense of resignation, “Europeans usually don’t tip.” I’m sure these European conventions very widely based on convention.
On another front, personally the wife and I enjoy dancing considerably and this being the case we know when we go to a certain nightspot and occupy a table, the waitpersons tips depend on quick table transition.
If we’re there just to dance, we’ve learned not to imbibe too much or we’d be swaying and stumbling on the dance floor kind of uncontrollably, so we limit our drinks to two or three at most.
Knowing well beforehand, that we’re going to nurse drinks for a considerable amount of time, we try and become friendly with the waitperson and up front, table a much larger tip than normal with each drink that follows, as a set aside for our table occupancy for the evening. It’s like playing rent a table.
It lends toward greater waitperson rapport and covers table occupancy if it comes under question. I agree with the issues that under paid waitpersons need additional compensation and as such, the waitpersons type of service plays heavily into promoting that end.