"The manner in which one pays..." Germany Local Custom Tip by FrauleinK

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The manner in which one pays the bill for food is rather interesting. In many restaurants, the waiter simply has a scratch pad and when they tally up your bill, they add a bunch of figures on a piece of paper and present it to you. Only figures, nothing is actually itemized. Then you are to pay immediately - no time to sit and figure out if it is correct - and quickly add in a few Marks for a tip (the service is included, so you don't add a lot) and pay on the spot. A lot of restaurants don't even take plastic. - also, getting plain water (non-carbonated) is a real hassle. You must ask for 'Leitung Wasser' (piped water) and they don't like it because they prefer you to buy the carbonated bottled water. You may have to pay a little for the tap water. Next time I will definitely just bring a bottle from the grocery store with me to the restaurant.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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