There's a huge difference between professional waiters as we see in some other countries and the very informal service provided by students in cafes. Once again I agree with them.
We don't tip in NZ, which could be part of the reason, as there is no incentive for someone on a low wage to provide really good service.
Hmmmm. I've seen a right proliferation of tipping jars in eateries and bars over the last few years. I don't tip though.
We had some clients from Europe staying in our B&B a couple of weeks ago.
They went for dinner in a local hotel.
48 minutes after they ordered, a member of staff deigned to advise them that the dishes 2 of them had ordered were not available that night.
In what way is that level of service acceptable in the 21st century in a supposedly civilised and modern nation?
The clients were far more patient than I would have been - I'd have got up and left.
In circumstances like that, I would think helping yourself to a reverse tip in recompense for having your time wasted would be reasonable!