"TIPPING TIPS" Eiffel Tower Tip by thinking

Eiffel Tower, Paris: 29 reviews and 17 photos

In France, the service of course is not the tip, but is included.
The service is the cost of labor, and the tip is the small gesture that you add or leave to say merci...
Paying for the labor, in the French mindset and law, should not be a matter of hoping the customer will value you.

In America, the service and tip are one and the same.
Many US-based waiters and waitresses work for as little as $3.00 an hour... and don´t seem to be disturbed ... because "it´s all in the tips," whereas the French would starve if they had to rely on what was left on the little plastic plate.

And, in fact, you can´t compare the jobs on both sides of the world because you may get more cash at the end of the night
in the USA, but what are you going to do if you get sick -- or get fired?

Additionally, those of you who are accustomed to leaving tips in North America by filling in the amount on the blank line on the credit card slip note that in France one cannot add to a credit card payment.
The act of adding dollars to a slip of paper, is psychologically easier than dropping bills.
But in France, neither happens.
You get an honest salary and some pocket change.

The key to most things in Paris is not the ability to be generous but to be elegant.
Let elegance be your trademark as you grace the Parisian tables.
Round up to an elegant number and smile. But don´t go higher.

Parisians in the service industry have admitted been spoiled by the ill-advised and euro-confused.
our best bet with Parisian taxi drivers is not letting on that you don´t know the system nor know where the heck you´re going. As long as they suspect you are a local, you shouldn´t be taken for a ride.

Again, a small tip is usual. Round up to the next elegant spot.

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  • Written Aug 9, 2006
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