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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Tipping Trees

St Heliers Trees

Our cliffhanger trees.

In the U.S., if you order food to be delivered, typically you expect to pay the menu price plus delivery fee plus a tip for the driver. In New Zealand, the takeaway/delivery menu is usually 10-20% off the regular manu price, delivery is often free within a reasonable distance, and the driver doesn't expect a tip. It's pretty nifty to be able to pick up the phone and have some fine Indian curries arrive at your door twenty minutes later for just a few bucks a serving. Almost hard to believe... I had to confirm the tip thing with Paul just to make sure:

Not usually. Unless you think the driver is particularly cute or something. Tipping is very uncommon in NZ - usually only for exceptional service. That's something I found very hard to get used to when I visited the US - always adding 15% to the bill as a tip. I don't understand why they don't just build it into the bill, and pay the staff more!

Indeed! Sensible attitudes as the norm -- quite refreshing. :)

Some flowery thing growing nearby the trees:

Flowery Things

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