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CHAT: currency [was Re: OT: the euro & 01.01.02]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2001, 18:59
Quoting Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...>:

> It may be odd, but when you do it every day, it's natural. Today, I > bought a drink. Its price was $1.99. I paid $2.00 and got no change. > I never expected any change.
I would expect such change as a matter of course. Indeed, sometimes when I expect 24 cents in return, the person at the counter gives me a quarter, and I think nothing of it. That kind of thing is usual.
> (Note: in Australia, it is customary to not tip unless your service > is more than outstanding. I have no idea whether you'd tip in a > supermarket in America, though.)
America is very unusual in this respect. There was an article in _The Economist_ last year that compared countries based on which professions customarily receive tips for service. America was way above all the other industrialized nations, with something like 40 professions that get tips, IIRC. This has lead to speculation along the lines that Americans try to make up for their increasing inequity by being generous; _The Economist_ cast doubt on this, but I don't remember why. (Perhaps because Americans are typically more generous in giving to charities in the general, which is certainly true relative to most European countries; I don't know for sure.) But Americans do not typically gives tips at the grocery store, no. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers


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