There is another experience from our recent USA trip that I would like to share. I saw that it is part of the culture to give tips and to expect tips. I could accept if someone expects to be tipped. It is natural, you did a good service and put your effort into it. But sometimes I felt that you are forced to give tip. That is too much.
The philosophy is for me that when you are happy, then you wish to give and you give. But when you are not happy you are still forced to give tip? I don’t understand this! If I am not happy with the service, the person is not nice, not friendly, I did not get what I wanted and I am just and simply not satisfied, then I don’t wish to give, I do not feel good with giving. I would love to give tips when I am happy, when I feel that the other person happily helped me. I was told that it is the system in America that people don’t get enough salary because they know they will get tips. And this is how tip is expected.
We also have this part of culture in India. But there, the hope of getting tips makes them give a good service. They want to be nice with you because if you are happy, they know you will give something and maybe even much. But in America it seems that there is a condition like tax: you have to give this amount, this percentage of tip. Then don’t call it tip, call it tax or service charge!
In my mind tip is the word to reward something for a good service because you are happy. Most of the time in America people were very nice. But sometimes I also experienced that the service was not nice but I felt forced to give tip. I just want to say that I love to give if I am happy and we made some people happy with that, too. In this way you share your happiness.
You don’t know the person, so you don’t know what he or she would like if you were looking for a present, but you know he would like to get tip. And in this way it developed. Just don’t keep the expectation. Be happy and share, then others will share with you.
Today we did some sound recording in a studio for the movie that we are making ‘A Journey of love’.