11 Jul 2012

This week in the Prague Post

I go to my archives and recycle a bit of my book, the Pub Etiquette bit.

You can read it here, and if you like what it says, you can buy the book here

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6 comments:

  1. Lukáš Elf Provazník11 July 2012 at 18:28

    Are you serious about tip? Waiters in Czech republic usually get a minimum wege. It means that tips comprise significant part of their earnings (about 1/3). Please, stop writing about things you do not know. “Czechs don’t tip” is absolute nonsense.

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    1. Yes, I am. Tipping isn't part of Czech culture and it shouldn't be encouraged, by no means, otherwise it'll get to the point that restaurant owners will say "we don't have to pay minimum wage because waiters make a lot of money on tips", as it happens in the US. Rounding up is enough, how much you round up, it depends on you...

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  2. No offense..but "tipping isnt part of czech culture"is not true...perhaps you have been spending time with some czech people that dont give tips(yes,some of them still exist)..just go to any pub and take a look...i spent a nice afternoon in Lokal the other day and 3 other tables left a tip..we only tip when we r happy with the service...and btw-as a columnist..i d be more open to other peoples opinion..since u have a long way of learning ahead (there has been lots of mistakes in ur czech grammar too...) Alice

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    1. sorry, but I've been to about half a dozen different pubs in the last few days and as far as I remember (I wasn't paying too much attention, though) people rounded up the bill. I've just come from a lunch with 15 other people and everyone rounded up the bill to the nearest 10...

      On the other hand, when it comes to other people's opinion, I've got no problem with that, if I did, those comments wouldn't have been approved and I assure you, I didn't censor any. I only express my disagreement with some of them and also tell everyone what I think of tipping in general. Everyone is free to agree or disagree with me on that, too.

      And you are 100% right about my Czech grammar, is awful...:)

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  3. Most of the Czechs I socialize with with tend to follow the rule about rounding off. It seems to be the local custom and I think most waiters expect it and don't grumble about it too much coming from their own (except in Prague 1 or maybe 2). As a foreigner I seem to get the feeling they expect a little more from me sometimes. If the service was average to good I generally round off but add 5-10kc on top. If the service was excellent I generally leave at least 20kc or sometimes slightly more. I've been on the other side of the table before so I try to reward people who've helped make my time more enjoyable. On the other hand, I don't want to condition them to shower me with fake smiles and expect 40kc every time I show up. I'll take slightly surly and professional over the plastic types anyday.

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  4. "I'll take slightly surly and professional over the plastic types anyday."

    Wise words. Honestly surly always beats fake smiles...

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