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Everything you need to know about tipping

Whether in the starred restaurant after a four-course menu, stopping at the rest stop in the toilet or in the pub around the corner: the tip trap lurks everywhere. How much is too much, how little is too little and what is the extra money under hand? ZASTER once went to the minefield to tip!

Uh, that's right!

The food is consumed and you ask for the bill. While you wait you talk and finish your wine. Suddenly the waiter is standing next to you, the bill in hand: 37.80 euros. Your brain starts rattling. “Ten percent,” you think, “I'll give ten percent. That's how you do it, right? Or should I give more? The service wasn't that extraordinary either. And the portions were OK, but not fantastic. " Your gaze flits over to your companion, who smiles benevolently at you. Don't be embarrassed now. Maybe you should just give 15 percent, you think. That’s sure to be generous ... or would it be cocky?

You panic, try to get the necessary rule of three in your head in no time at all, while the waiter stands next to you, smiling friendly and a little hopeful, and your companion is waiting to classify your payment behavior morally. "45Euro is right! ", You call and get annoyed a millisecond after you hear the delighted" Oh, thank you! "From the waitress. That was very generous. So from today you are either the one who cannot count, the one who is too generous or, worst of all: the big puke. "Well, at least I can take it off“, You calm down before you leave the restaurant ashamed.

A historical look at the tip

Tipping is a good form in Germany and is more or less expected. At the same time, it is also a social minefield where quite a few faux pas are just waiting to be committed. For this reason, ZASTER has compiled the biggest errors, surprises and best stories about the little extra money.

Before we begin, a little digression into the history of tips. The extra money, known at the time as “Trunckgeld”, was proven in Germany as early as the late Middle Ages. The expression comes from the patron's wish that one should drink to his own good. The first references to tips in England go back to the 17th century, when the term "to tip" is said to have originated in England's pubs. In America, "typing" found its way with the immigrants from England, whereby the "Anti-Tipping Society in America" ​​was founded around 1904 because it did not correspond to the ideals of an anti-aristocratic society. As we know today, this movement did not catch on. Other words for tips are tip, bathing money, tea money. It is usually paid for services, for example in gastronomy, in the hotel industry, to taxi drivers, hairdressers, concierge services, etc.

And now let's dive into the world of little extra money!

There is no need to tip in Germany

While in the USA, for example, the tip is part of the wage, in Germany neither the giving itself nor the amount of the tip is stipulated. Only the act of money without a direct commodity equivalent is recorded in Section 107 Paragraph 3 of the Trade Regulations and reads: "Tip is an amount of money that a third party pays the employee without any legal obligation in addition to a performance owed to the employer."

More money on an equal footing

American researchers have found that the tip is higher if the waiter is at eye level with the respective guest while serving and crouches next to him or her. According to the results of the study by the University of Houston, this brings in around one dollar more tip.

The tip etiquette

Tipping is not legally regulated in Germany, but it does follow some codes of conduct, which are of course also laid down in etiquette. A tip of five to ten percent is considered appropriate in a restaurant or café. In the hotel you have between two and five euros per delivery ready for room service. You should have two euros left for each piece of luggage on arrival and departure. And even for a taxi ride, if you were satisfied, you should add around ten percent of the fare as an extra.

The most stingy celebrities

A group of bicycle couriers from Italy published a “blacklist” of the most avaricious celebrities this year. The drivers, who work for various food delivery services, want to draw attention to their precarious pay and poor working conditions and point out that even soccer stars and Instagram starlets skimp on tips. You can see the full list here.

The most generous tip

... got a waitress in 2013 in Springfield, America. Instead of a tip, the guest slipped her two lottery tickets. One of them turned out to be the grand prize of $ 17,500 (around $ 13,000 at the time). You have to be lucky. But the workforce at a luxury resort in Costa Navarino in Greece also got their money's worth. Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have left a tip of a whopping 20,000 euros.

In Italy you pay "coperto"

Tipping is not common in one of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans. Instead, you pay the "coperto" - in German the cover money. Critics say that this bypasses the point of tipping, namely to reward good service with the extra money. We think that the few euros never hurt.

In Japan it is better to let it stay ...

Both accepting and tipping are considered undignified in Japan. In China and other Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia or China, on the other hand, the western custom of “typing” has already moved into everyday life.

And where does the word tip come from?

Some say it comes from the abbreviation of the first letters of "to improve promptness" - a saying that back then in English pubs pointed to the tip glass that the extra money makes the waiter legs in any case. Another, somewhat less imaginative, assumption says that the expression "to tip" comes from the gangster language of the 17th century. It means something like "give, pass on, pass on".

What does the tax authorities say to the recipients of tips?

According to Section 2, Paragraph 1, No. 4 of the Income Tax Act, tips for employees are income from non-self-employed work for which no wage tax is due. Precondition for this: the tip was given directly by the guest. But if, apart from the tip, no amount was given for the work, it must be taxed by law.

If you earn your income from commercial or self-employed work, the tip you receive is part of the wages for the work you have performed and is therefore subject to sales and income tax.

And what does he say to the patrons?

If the tip has been paid as part of a business expense and is verifiable, it can be deducted by the giver as a business expense. The famous "business lunch" with business partners is recognized as an operational expense - including the tip paid. However, depending on the occasion, tax law is very detailed. If you want to know exactly, you can read on here on the subject.

Women laugh well - men less so

One study found that female waitresses got more tips if they painted a small smiley face on the bill. In men, however, the same behavior led to the opposite result ... what can that tell us now?

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