In the Netherlands you give a tip as a token of appreciation for good service. The catering industry generally expects a certain amount of tip. In the Netherlands the invoice is often rounded up. In some countries it is an insult to tip. The income in some professional groups is low. Employees, some of these groups are fortunate enough to work with money, which allows customers to increase their income slightly. Employees with caring professions generally do not have generous incomes, but they do not receive any extras for good service. The professions that can still yield reasonable amounts in tips are waiters in the catering industry, taxi drivers and employees working in hotels. In the past, we had a surcharge on the bill in the Netherlands that could be seen as a tip. This extra reward has not been included in the account since 1988.
Tipping in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands we are fairly civilized. When paying in a restaurant, we often round the amount up. However, the choice is ours, the staff will not bother you about giving a tip. In case you are not satisfied with the service, you can omit a tip. In the Netherlands it is customary to tip between five and ten percent. For example, we give tips in restaurants, but not in a fast food restaurant or at the snack bar. The taxi driver can also count on an extra amount, but this does not apply to the hairdresser.
Different rules apply when it comes to tipping abroad. For example, in the United States and Canada, you are expected to tip in a restaurant. The staff there are poorly paid under the assumption that they can supplement their income with tips. For example, in France and Great Britain, the tip is often included in the bill. You may even get strange looks when giving a tip. In Italy they have a different way of thinking. You have to pay separately for the crockery you use. They mention it on the bill under the heading coperto. In Japan you should not tip. That’s actually insulting to give extra money.
How much should I tip?
Most Dutch people round the bill to a nice round amount. For example, you have to pay 56.25 and you give 60 and say they can keep the rest. Rounding up can also mean leaving a ridiculously small tip. Rounding an amount of 59.25 up will only yield a tip of 0.75 (1.25 percent). In this case you could choose to give a few extra euros.
What happens to my tip?
Most catering establishments have a tip jar. After a certain period, the proceeds are distributed among the entire staff (including the kitchen staff). However, you cannot be sure of this if you pay with a debit or credit card. In these types of cases, the entrepreneur will often keep the money for himself.