For the first time, I saw a message similar to this on a menu: "For our Canadian and European guests, many of our servers are college students and rely on tips for their income..." On the same menu, it said that for parties of 6 or more or for separate bills, an 18% gratuity would be added.* It was odd and it was something I've never seen about anyone, much less directed right at me, on a menu before and it definitely sparked some defensive conversation amongst our party of 6 Canadians. Especially because many of us usually tip around 20%.
Since I had never heard that as Canadians we have a reputation of being lousy tippers, I decided to google it and found a 5-year old Yahoo Answer asking why we suck at tipping when we're in the States. Since it is old, I don't know how accurate it still is, but opinions seemed to range from servers get paid more in Canada and therefore we don't tip as much to Canadians are used to better service and therefore will only tip more than 15% for exceptional service (which apparently we don't get in the States?). Regardless of the reason, it was a weird experience to have the menu teach/scold me about tipping and it was definitely the first time I had ever seen something like that on a menu.
|I still love you Vermont - even if you menu-scold me|
Has anyone else been scolded by a menu? Ever seen a message specifically telling you to tip? I've seen a breakdown of what certain percentages of tip would be at the bottom of a bill, but never anything telling me I suck at tipping...
*Despite being a party of six, we weren't charged the automatic 18% gratuity. Maybe she thought we were from Massachusetts.