TikTokers are getting real on tips in Canada and the confusion is high (VIDEOS)


Tipping can be a bit of a tricky subject and depending on where you live, it might not even be common practice.

A few TikTokers have been posting about tipping in Canada and sharing their thoughts as well as what’s normal where they’re from.

“In the UK the maximum we will ever give a server is 10%,” said the person who manages the account. @explorecanadawithme.

“It’s very, very rare for anyone to go over 10%, and we never tip coffee, even if we’re sitting in a coffee shop. Not a thing to tip for a coffee. Just not a thing.”

She then explained the delicate situation that many people are facing.

“You wouldn’t even be asked if you wanted to tip. The machine wouldn’t even ask you. Whereas in Canada you do, and you feel like a horrible person if you don’t tip even though you only make a coffee.”

Although she is aware that it is part of the culture, she notes that she still struggles with it.

“I’m still getting used to the tipping situation here. Like a lot of the restaurants I’ve been to will give me the amount of 18%, 20% and 22% tip and that seems like a lot on top of the meal I’m going to. I’ve already paid.”


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She made another video on the subject with the caption, “Tipping culture hurts the Brit in me.”

“When all I wanted was a coffee to go and the machine asks me if I want to tip 20%,” reads the text on the screen.

“That’s a great question, let me think about how I want to answer it,” the audio says, before another voice says, “It’s yes or no.”


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Fellow Briton Kate Johnson, who passes @thenewcomercollectivealso shared his confusion over the situation.

In addition to having experienced a culture shock when she learned that you can use the terrace as a refrigerator in winter, she also shared a moment at the restaurant.

“About to leave a restaurant and learn that a 10-20% tip is standard,” the text of the video reads as she pulls a shocked face.


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On the other side of the story, a Canadian in Australia shared “the joy of not having to do math after every meal”.

After taking out her phone to calculate the taxes and tip, @paul_ferrante I was told he overpaid.

“Oh yeah, so we include the tax in the bill and you don’t tip,” the host explained.


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And @camiliarodriguez experienced both sides of the tipping situation.

“One of the biggest culture shocks I experienced while living in Europe was the lack of tipping culture,” she explained.

“And now, as a tour guide based in Vancouver, I actually meet a lot of Europeans, take them on various tours, and kind of find myself having to explain this tipping culture over and over again because I care about our business and I don’t want restaurants or people who serve our customers to feel like we’re assholes.”


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Having worked in many restaurants, she explained why tipping is important.

“As a server, you have to tip on your sales to the kitchen, the bar, the expo, the hosts,” she explained. “How much you tip is different from restaurant to restaurant, but at the restaurant I’m working at now, I tip 7%.”

This means that whatever the amount of your bill as a customer, the waiter has to pay 7% for the other staff.

“So if you tip me 0%, it’s actually costing me 7% of your bill for serving you,” she explained. “And that’s why it’s important to tip. And sometimes it can be hard to explain because I know people come from countries where tipping isn’t a thing.”

The more you know!

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