[quote=nmnita][quote= I know some don't understande this, but tipping has been part of uf our custom since I was a little girl and let me tell you, that was before most of you were born. The only idfference is the per centage has increased.
This, thankfully is an American thing only.........we in the UK do tip for good service received in restuarants etc but I would NEVER think of tipping someone who happens to open a door or move a suitcase from one side of the path to the other for us.......this is something I would do naturally to anyone out of politeness and unlike in the USA where (from previous experience) they would expect a tip!
I do however agree that tips paid on board ships should indeed be pooled. Ok, our cabin steward keeps my cabin clean & tidy but the guys down below deck are the one's that wash & iron your sheets/towels etc. Your waiter may be the best ever but he only delivers the food that was preparred & cooked by many more guys in these sweltering hot kitchens!
I'm afaid this debate will go on & on for years to come!