Is it Worth to Tip in Canada? (可以不给小费吗)


Coming from a country where one is not required to tip, I was struggling with some issues on how tipping works during my first year in Canada, those issues were: whether or not to tip, why I need to tip, when I should tip, and how much I should tip.
到了加拿大以后,我一直很纠结关于小费的问题:到底要不要给小费,为什么要给小费,什么时候能不给小费,给要给多少才合适!!!?

My reluctance toward tipping:
我不愿意的原因:

When I arrived in Canada for the first time I was informed to tip by my brother, but I was reluctant; for one thing I never tipped before, and I was not wealthy. For another, many peers around me they did not tip and nothing happened to them, and made me felt that my tipping was a waste because I cost more money than them. I wanted to know whether I was allowed to not tip. However, I found out the fact that proper tipping is necessary in Canada.
第一次到加拿大的时候我就知道这里需要给小费,但说实在每次给小费我都很不情愿。一方面是因为我没有给小费的习惯;我只是个学生而且不富裕;我觉得给小费是有钱人才做的。另一方面是因为我身边朋友有不给小费或给得很少的;但他们也不会被怎么样、也不觉得有什么;跟他们对比起,我觉得自己开销更大,感觉自己给了小费反而浪费钱了。

但是我慢慢发现,在正常情况下,小费是不可以不给的。虽说给小费是自愿为原则,但其实更像是一种自觉遵守文明的行为;不给小费会对这个行业及社会造成影响;甚至很可能被认为我们都不懂得尊重这里的文化。

Why do we need to tip?
为什么我要给小费!?

Facts 原因

Tipping is the custom and culture in Canada.
给小费是加拿大的一种习俗和文化。
Ignoring the tipping is disrespectful to the culture.
不给小费将是无视这种文化、对其的不尊重。
Tipping makes both customers and servers happy.
给小费让顾客和服务员都会感到开心和满意。

  • It is used by customers to show their gratitude for being served and acknowledging servers’ hard working.
    顾客可以通过小费来表达他们的感激和感谢、对服务人员工作的认可、对服务的满意。
  • It helps assure the maintenance of a great service.
    小费保证了服务行业的质量、保持服务从业人员的稳定。

 

your-waitress

Servers work hard but in general they get common low salaries.
服务人员工作一·点·都·不轻松:有的是长时间的体力劳动,有的是起早贪黑的工作,有的是清洁的工作、需要接触或面对很脏的环境。但即便是这样服务人员普遍工资都很低。

e.g. in BC:
比如在BC省:

  • The common wage for a server is $10.25 which is minimum wage, but some get paid as low as $9.50. Under this circumstance, a full time server will only get annually $19,680 before tax, while the average annual wage is around $46,000 in Canada (OCED, 2013).
    虽然BC的最低时薪是$10.25,但服务员的最低时薪可以是$9.50。因此一个全职的服务员一般税前年收入只能拿到$19,680,这远比加拿大的平均年收入46,000要低很多(OCED, 2013)。

Thus, the bonuses from customers’ tips are indispensible.
因此顾客的小小奖励对服务员来说是他们生活的保障。

Otherwise, the raise in their salary will eventually come from a raise in cost of goods.
相反,如果大家都不给小费,那么我们很可能 在各项消费中需要付出更多来补贴雇主为服务员的支出。

When do we need to tip
什么候需要

Basically, anywhere that you get the personal service from a private company you need to tip.
一般来说,所有我们从非公立机构接受到的服务都需要给小费。

Typical Tipping Service
普遍需要小服务

Restaurants
Hotel
酒店
Barbershops
发店
Spa or Massage
美容院、按摩
Manicurist
美甲店
Room Cleaner
Shuttle bus
接送巴士
Taxi
的士
Bellhops
行李
Pet Beauty or care
物美容及寄养
Bartenders
酒吧
Food Delivery
送餐

How much should we tip?
多少小合适?

How much a tip should be varies from person to person. 10% of your cost is acknowledged to be the minimum. Most often, people tip 15%, and 20% if they highly appreciate the service that they got. To give feedback if you don’t tip for bad service.
小费的多少因人而异,但一般默认10%是最低的标准。如果服务没有问题,人们一般认可的小费是15%起,如果对服务感到非常满意可以给予20%的奖励。如果遇到服务或者食物有问题,可以直接反映而不是不给小费,不然服务人员也很可能无法理解。thompson-rivers-university-tipping-range

Paying tips for delivery is necessary, but for take out and pick up orders it is not but is a bonus to the service person.
食物外送到家门口的必须给小费;但自己去餐厅提食物、或像咖啡厅、麦当劳这类自己提食物、自己收拾残羹的,一般对小费没有要求,但同样地,给小费将会是对服务人员很好的奖励、对他们辛勤工作的认可及鼓舞。thompson-rivers-university-working-for-surviving

We might have friends or family who are working as a server, and we should understand how important the tips are for their surviving. We all can be customers sometime, we we have the responsibility to make contribution to preserve the culture and good service in Canada. Our tips are not only the gratitude to the person who serves us but also the contribution to maintaining the whole serving industry. So please do not forget to tip as it is necessary.
我们的朋友或家人很可能也在从事服务工作。试想如果我们都拒绝给小费,那么将会影响他们的生活,也是对他们付出辛勤劳动的不公。作为客人的时候,我们都有责任为保护加拿大文化习俗、保证这里服务质量出一分力。我们都有接受到周到服务的时候,请不要吝惜您的一两块,因为您的小小付出,将会是整个服务行业很大的贡献和奖励thompson-rivers-university-thank-you

Please share with us how much you think is appropriate to tip in the comment section below, and if possible share with us whether you are happy or reluctant to tip?

求点赞和评论!欢迎在以下发表您的看法和对文章的讨论。您对小费有意见吗?您认为多少小费合适呢?



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