Make way for the readers | Comments on tips

Marie-Eve Fournier’s columns on tips got many of our readers to react. We have kept some of their comments.

Posted at 7:00 am

“Further still, the tip is automatically added to taxes. So if we decide to give 15%, we are actually giving 17.25%… That’s stealing in disguise! So as long as it is in effect I will give 10% and nowhere else but to the places where it has always been given: restaurant, hairdresser, delivery man…”

– Franz Vallee

“I would never agree to the idea of ​​including tips in an upfront price. The idea was originally to say thank you in a more supportive way to a catering service that made your evening, your meal, unforgettable. Is it a trait of Quebec culture to be ashamed to say no to an undeserved tip service? I myself sometimes felt uncomfortable and quickly recovered from the tip mania. Even in the restaurant there are discrepancies in the application of the tip. Two glaring examples. 1. The $65 and $200 bottles of wine. Why should my tip count towards the bottle price? Doesn’t service come first? Will the waiter serve $400 better than $65? That wasn’t the original spirit. Note that this bottle will include at least 35% pre-tax tax on your bill. So back to service. 2. Why doesn’t the government legislate the form of bills to help us and our tourists avoid tipping? When I do, I am told, sir, it’s at least a 15% tip. I must defend myself against this uneasiness by saying that I have removed the tax and would like to remove that of the bottle if the amount were known. »

–Jean Lefebvre

“It’s easy for me: in the long term, they have to be completely abolished. Let companies increase prices and redistribute to employees, and that’s it. Taxes should also be included in the prices. The displayed price must not differ by 30-40% from the actual price. In Japan, where I’ve lived for more than five years, you pay the advertised price exactly. I miss it a lot…”

– Etienne Lehoux-Jobin

“I have always found the use of tips very unfair. I’m a commission-free clothing salesman and I often spend hours advising the customer on putting together an effective wardrobe for work or travel. I’m saving her time and money, but I’ve never been tipped a penny while sales clerks are starting on minimum wage. Often after trying for an hour and sometimes leaving the clothes on the floor, they leave ten minutes after closing time and tell us they have time to wait for a friend… and we have to put everything away without overtime. But I have to tip the barber, who washes my hair, who does my nails, the beautician, etc. »

– MV

“It doesn’t make sense anymore. If, like restaurateurs, I had to tip my office workers every time they complete a task for a client so they don’t go to work elsewhere… It’s all unsustainable! Even if it means looking stingy by resetting my terminal to 0 at Mamie Clafoutis or at the ephemeral Ladurée counter at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, I’ll give 0. Frankly, it offends me to be asked for a tip (that Incidentally, at 18% starts extra) to put a macaron or a croissant in a bag. I’m happy to give to travelers, but the alms at a register, no thanks. »

– Manon D

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