No Tipping Please

We can learn so much about a person just by observing how she tips. (Note that there is nothing wrong with not tipping, since it should have already been factored into the price.) Most people are the common tippers, who give tips by percentage regardless of the quality of service. Let say I pay $20 for a haircut, I would give a $4 tip or 20%. If the hair stylist did a poor job, I obviously would not acquire her service in the future. Some people like to base their tips on quality of service. One of former teachers often bragged how he liked to tip a penny for services he perceived to be unsatisfactory. There are also notable incidents where someone gives a tip that is 10 times or even 100 times more than what she pays for the service. Some would praise her for her generosity; others would criticize it as a showoff or a stunt. 

In some Asian countries, tipping is a faux pas. People with overzealous pride view being tipped as a form of personal insult and may react impolitely to your offer. Tipping is also a big "no" in Japan but for an entirely different reason. The Japanese take pride in their service and hospitality. There should be no compensation for providing good service. If you offer them a tip, they may see it as an expression of dissatisfaction. Don't be surprised if they outright refuse your tips.

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