Thursday, May 31, 2012
Last night in a gossip tidbit on Mark Zuckerberg and his pretty new bride, Harvey Levin's pups on TMZ alleged that the Facebook billionaire stiffed waiters at a trendy restaurant in Rome the other evening while out-on-the-town.
After a bit of investigative probing (apparently one of the researchers on the show put in a call to management overseas) the cub reporters proceeded to argue about the tipping procedures in Europe.
"They don't tip over there," one of Levin's fair-haired boys piped up from his cubbyhole on the news set.
In contrast to America, the wait staff in European watering holes aren't about to leave it up to the customer to determine if there will be a gratuity, you betcha.
In most foreign countries a tip of 15 percent is usually tacked on the bill automatically.
But, patrons are also usually informed in advance that they're welcome to cough up a bonus above-and-beyond that fee if the service was exceptional, the server was pretty (or handsome, for that matter), you're trying to impress a date, or you happen to be in a generous mood (a bit tipsy?).
If the waiters fell short of that bar in this instant case, it could be that folks on this side of the big pond tweeted 'em in advance that Zuckerberg is a lousy tipper (so why bother to break sweat for a losing proposition?).
Maybe the society network whiz needs to be reminded that tipping is not a place in China!