Should You Tip at Buffets and by How Much?
Last edited 30/10/2019 - 13:35 by 1 other user
So, to tip or not to tip? That is the question.
We don't seem to have a big tipping culture in Australia as far as I'm aware but Id like to see what everyone elses opinion on the matter is?.
I know in small towns where service was amazing and we wanted to tip, they wouldn't accept it and asked us to just order extra drinks if we wanted to tip.
Yet recently we visited a nice hotel for their dinner buffet and experienced something quite odd. Cost was around $90+/per person without drinks. Overall we didn't think it was worth that amount as variety was quite small and some of the dishes just didn't have any flavour. The things that did taste half decent, they would serve really small portions of - even if you asked for larger serving, they'd slice that already small thing into three and give you tiny piece as the extra.
Waitress was also hit and miss in the service he provided.
Anyway to cut a long story short when we paid at end he asked for a tip with the EFTPOS machine which hasn't happened before and we tipped 15 bucks for the 3 of us. He gave us dirty and disapproving looks at that- clearly displeased.
I would have thought the expensive price of a buffet should include everything. I mean outside of water (which we would have just rather done ourselves as it took so long) they're not serving you anything. You go to the food stations and get your own food.
Whats the etiquette on this in Australia? The guy was European so maybe things are different from his view, I'm not sure but they sure know how to make you feel guilty.