In the UK there is a general tipping procedure but it's basically that you tip if the service was exceptionally
good, or if you're feeling particularly generous. We have a minimum wage, service is included in the bill, and it's generally accepted that a server shouldn't expect to get tipped. (some places have been cheekily writing "service not included" on the bill, but they're just chancing bastards)
So this thread is a fascinating insight into a strange and alien culture, I can tell you.
Tipping is so alien to me that I managed to completely piss off a waiter on my honeymoon in Italy where tipping *is* expected. It honestly didn't occur to me. We spent the week wondering why the guy started off being so pleasant but then progressively treated us with ever increasing, blatant contempt.
Didn't twig until we were on the plane home. Still feel like such a monumental asshole when I think about it.
I have no idea why I'm telling you this.
please kill me