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TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - Canadians may need some 'tips' on tipping.

According to a recent BMO Bank of Montreal Mosaik MasterCard survey,

78 per cent of Canadians tip 15 per cent or more in restaurants. However,

Canadians are not nearly as generous to workers in other service sectors. In

fact, fewer than 40 per cent of Canadians tip 15 per cent or more to food

delivery workers, taxi drivers, aestheticians, hair stylists. Salon owners are

snubbed entirely by more than 54 per cent of Canadians.


That could be unwelcome news for the ranks of students who join the

service sector work force each summer hoping to replenish their bank accounts

in preparation for the financial demands of the upcoming school year.


The annual surge of summer jobs is expected to swell Canada's work force

significantly between July and August. Most of those jobs will be

service-related positions filled by students who count on the generous

gratuities of satisfied patrons to boost their summer earnings beyond minimum

wage. However, the size of those tips may depend more on where they work

rather than how hard they work.


Nancy Marescotti, Director, BMO Mosaik MasterCard, speculates that one

reason some Canadians don't tip is that they simply hadn't planned for it.

"Tipping does not have to be painful experience if you're prepared for it. A

credit card is always handy because it eliminates the problem of not having

enough change and it lets you be more discreet about how much you tip," she




"And if you use a credit card with a rewards program, you can even get

some of that tip back," added Ms. Marescotti. "For example, Mosaik MasterCard

holders can triple their AIR MILES reward miles with the new Mosaik

RewardsPlus program by paying with their credit card at participating

restaurants. Adding the tip on the credit card just increases the number of

rewards you earn and provides a permanent record of the total cost of the meal

which is also useful for bookkeeping and budgeting."


"Tipping is a very personal decision that can be influenced by

circumstance, quality of product or service and mood," said Ms. Marescotti.


"Most of our customers tip 15 per cent or more, whether at brunch, lunch

or dinner," said Biana Zorich, owner of popular Toronto restaurant, Bistro &

Bakery Thuet. Francois Pellerin, chef-of-the-year and co-owner of Fourquet

Fourchette restaurants in Montreal and Chambly, Quebec agreed. "When they dine

out, people are prepared to tip based on the quality of their experience; and

while 15 per cent seems to be the norm for good service, some definitely go

beyond that to demonstrate how much they enjoyed themselves."


Contrary to the tipping norms practiced in the restaurant industry, BMO's

survey showed that Canadians are not nearly as certain about who to tip or how

much to tip for services provided at retail outlets such as a spa or nail

salon. In fact the BMO Mosaik MasterCard Tipping Etiquette survey found that

24 per cent of Canadians never leave a tip for these services.


"Patrons are confused when it comes to tipping staff at a spa or a nail

bar," said Kristen Gale, owner of 10 Spot Nail Bar in Toronto. "People often

tip only five to 10 per cent and sometimes not at all. It really should be a

standard 15 per cent, just as it is in the restaurant industry."


The same confusion occurs at hair salons. Canadians, unsure of who to tip

or how much, often don't tip at all. For example, 42 per cent of Canadians do

not tip an assistant stylist, such as the person who shampoos their hair.


"It is customary to tip the standard 15 per cent to everyone separately,"

said Howard Barr, John Frieda Canadian Creative Consultant. "The stylist, the

hair assistant and colourist should all receive tips."


(Courtesy of CNW Telbec)

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intresting, but seriously I fail to understand why I should be tipping a taximan 15% when they cause the most havoc in the city streets.

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intresting, but seriously I fail to understand why I should be tipping a taximan 15% when they cause the most havoc in the city streets.




I am scared of taxi drivers, fucking crazy people. Guess when your in the country, not doing what you came here to do (i.e doctor or wtv), you just don't really care.

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half of them don't even know where they're going.


good thing that GPS systems are now legal.



Plus now you get stories of people trusting the GPS, and they land in a ditch or go down a one-way, seeing they don't update the maps.

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