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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    and for those that stay at all inclusives?
    tipping the wait staff, bartenders and counter (fast food) workers ?

    the times that we have done all inclusive, we have tipped all...but the amount ..we never quite knew how much we should be tipping.
    I always tip when staying at an AI. I'll tip the bartenders $1 per cocktail. When they see me coming, my drink is ready by the time I get to the bar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    Ok. A question. Do you tip the boys at the checkouts at Lings or Superfoods. If the load is big and if they take it to the car and pack it in, I always tip them a couple of US dollars. What do others do?
    I tip them a few of the florins we get in change, most I've seen do a great job packing the groceries. I've never bought enough at one time to need them to carry out my bags to the car.

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    Thanks all! I'm going to stick to the additional 5 to 10 percent or divide service charge in 2 to make it easier and I end up paying 22.5. Better than the 35 percent I paid! What was strange, I saw the food bill with the service charge, gave the waiter my credit card and when he came back, he only gave me the total bill so I did not know how much was the service charge. The bill I believe was 54 and I believe it was 8 dollars on the service charge. So I ended up tipping 20 percent on the 62 which included the service charge. I guess that bombay martini got to me and so did the waiter telling me he hardly sees any money from the service charge. Frankly the other staff members did more work than him he just took the order. Oh well live n learn. I'm going there for thanks giving so I will just leave half of the service charge as a tip.

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    From Tripadvisor Website:

    Aruba: Tipping & Etiquette

    Restaurant Tipping
    Some restaurants, but not all restaurants in Aruba, customarily add a 15% service charge to your restaurant bill. This has been the practice on Aruba for quite a number of years. The restaurant menu may give that establishment's policy, but not always.

    The service charge is pooled and along with their paychecks, goes to the waitstaff, kitchen staff (cook, dishwasher, etc.) & service staff. Where the service charge is included, if you received good or very good service, at your option you should leave an additional cash tip of 5 to 10 % for your server; give this directly to the waitperson. The best advice should you still be confused about this service charge, is to clarify the service charge with the owner or manager of the restaurant.

    In restaurants which do not automatically add the service charge, a tip of 15% - 20% is appropriate depending on the quality of the service you received.

    Upon receiving your bill, carefully review it to determine if a service charge has already been added. This will be on a separate line and identified as such. If you are paying by credit card, there is usually a line for "tip" but remember that in order for your waitperson to get this, you should give it in cash directly to your server.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g1...Etiquette.html

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    I believe the 15% SC was instituted because tourists who assume they'll never be back go cheap and don't tip at all.

    Restaurants won't raise their prices 15% in place of the service charge because that would make them look more expensive than the competition that doesn't raise their prices.

    Waitstaff will not always be truthful about the 15% because they want you to tip more.

    I don't make decisions about whether or not to eat at a restaurant based on if they charge the service charge or not. I base it on the food/service. I can deal with the 15%. I divide the SC by three and add that back to arrive at a 20% total. You don't have to be exact. If the service charge is $20, I round up to $21 which is easily divisible by 3. Then I add a $7 tip to the bill.


    I think the European model is ideal. It's the employer's responsibility to pay their employees, not mine.

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    When I tip beyond the service charge.... it's for the waitperson because they did a nice job. I always tip any additional in cash so it goes directly to them. I will not tip at all for poor or mediocre service.

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    Today I ate lunch at pega pega and when the bartender brought me the bill, he told me the tip was allready included as they charge 15 percent service charge and he thanked me and said please visit us again soon. He wasn't expecting anything else go figure. He did give me an extra glass on a frozen drink he made me. He said he over did it thinking he was making 2 drink but said to enjoy. Of course I gave him a few extra bucks as a tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace2063 View Post
    Today I ate lunch at pega pega and when the bartender brought me the bill, he told me the tip was allready included as they charge 15 percent service charge and he thanked me and said please visit us again soon. He wasn't expecting anything else go figure. He did give me an extra glass on a frozen drink he made me. He said he over did it thinking he was making 2 drink but said to enjoy. Of course I gave him a few extra bucks as a tip.
    Bingo! That's good service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace2063 View Post
    Today I ate lunch at pega pega and when the bartender brought me the bill, he told me the tip was allready included as they charge 15 percent service charge and he thanked me and said please visit us again soon. He wasn't expecting anything else go figure. He did give me an extra glass on a frozen drink he made me. He said he over did it thinking he was making 2 drink but said to enjoy. Of course I gave him a few extra bucks as a tip.
    We love the bar staff at Pega Pega. They usually give us two glasses full for the price of one drink. We discovered years ago that the tips that we were adding on to our bill were being shared by the staff, so now we always tip them directly in cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatteras View Post
    We love the bar staff at Pega Pega. They usually give us two glasses full for the price of one drink. We discovered years ago that the tips that we were adding on to our bill were being shared by the staff, so now we always tip them directly in cash.
    That is exactly what I did gave the bartender a tip in cash and he was very grateful and deserved it. Not only did he give me the extra drink but he was very kind. A young guy in his early 20s and I like to help out when they are starting out and give great service.

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