Originally Posted by bbhewee
English: the standard tip in the UK (or London at least) is 12.5% of the bill. This is usually shown at the bottom of your bill. Quite odd that they wouldn't leave a tip.
Actually, that 12.5% "discretionary" service charge often does not go to the waitstaff.
It may just be extra profit for the company. That is hard to believe but I have personally verified it. If you want to strike back at the man, save a couple of quid and put a huge smile on your waiter's/waitress' face, ask them if the service charge on the bill goes directly in their pocket. If it does not, tell them you want the charge struck off and that you will just give them a tip directly. One of the few situations in life where making waves is a total win for everyone concerned.
Originally Posted by hermes man
u really cant generalize people on their dressing
How about on their punctuation and capitalization? This gets trotted out periodically and it is, as always, a crock. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover but you can't be expected to read every book you come across, either. You have to have some method of sorting out what might be interesting. People are entitled to judge you on the way you dress because dress is a method of communication. If you send out a "false message" that's not really their fault, is it? I, too, have noticed that people treat you, perhaps not better, but with more interest, when you are wearing a suit and tie, especially if it is a decent suit and tie. But it is really the whole package that makes the difference. A shapeless, ill fitting black suit, a polystyrene tie and beaten-up Frankenstein shoes doesn't cut it. Nor will you get treated much better if you are wearing a suit but act like a yob. BTW, those of you claiming that dress is no longer a class-indicator are wrong. It isn't quite as powerful as it once was, but dress is still a strong class indicator pretty much anywhere. But many people are insufficiently clued in to recognize the code.