This morning I came across a news article that I found rather interesting. Apparently, a few restaurants in Singapore have made the bold move of abolishing all service charges and are encouraging diners to tip any amount they want if they are satisfied.
For as long as I can remember, most restaurants here levy a mandatory 10% service charge whether the service is good, bad or nonexistent. Tipping has been virtually unheard of until this group of restaurants started practicing it.
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So, are Singaporeans tipping? One of the restaurants with the tipping policy admits that the amount it receives in tips is “paltry” even in a good month. On the flip side, another restaurateur maintains that tipping is the way to go. What do you think?
Would you prefer tipping to paying the 10 percent service charge? Do you think Singaporeans are ready to embrace the tipping culture? Share your thoughts with us!
Conversations About Tipping in Singapore on the Web
Tipping towards good service – The Straits Times Discussion Board
“Tipping is bribery.” – Lam San
Here’s why tipping helps – ST Forum
Should service charge go to boss or worker? – ST Forum
Yes, bring back tipping – ST Forum
Tips fairer than service charge – ST Forum
Queue to order but still a service charge – The Straits Times