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20 Things Americans Do That Confuse the Rest of the World

Redbook Logo By Beth Anne Macaluso of Redbook | Slide 1 of 20: <p>Restaurant-goers outside the U.S. rarely worry about leaving tips for waitstaff. Sounds unfair, until you realize that service industry employees abroad tend to earn higher hourly wages than their American counterparts, whose pay structure is built around gratuity. As one Trip Advisor article <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-s606/United-States:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html">noted</a>, "[Those] who provide service are often dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided."</p>

1) Tip (Almost) Everyone

Restaurant-goers outside the U.S. rarely worry about leaving tips for waitstaff. Sounds unfair, until you realize that service industry employees abroad tend to earn higher hourly wages than their American counterparts, whose pay structure is built around gratuity. As one Trip Advisor article noted, "[Those] who provide service are often dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided."

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