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Is tipping a mark of civilization?

( Updated: 2016-04-15 10:19

SherrySongSHSF (China)

Tipping has more to do with culture than civilization. We Chinese are used to expressing our gratitude to staff by frequently visiting the restaurants, hotels, and shops where they work. In addition, in many Chinese stores, a service gratuity is habitually included in the bills.

It is unfair to criticize Chinese as impolite and rude based on whether they tip or not. Mutual respect is fundamental to cultural exchanges.

Is tipping a mark of civilization?

Diners eat at Fei Long Food Court in New York on Jan 9. All their food is served in plastic foam takeout boxes that are to be banned on July 1. Lu Huiquan / For China Daily

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