One fifth of Brits tip even if the service isn’t good

More than 20% of British diners will tip at a restaurant even if the service is poor, according to new research.

Another third of Brits said they would be too embarrassed to ask to take off service charge from a restaurant bill.

A survey by digital marketplace OnBuy.com has revealed the intricacies of Britain’s tipping culture,

Although tipping has not legally been allowed to make up a member of staff’s minimum wage since 2009, fortunately for waiters and waitresses around 90% of people said they tip when they’re dining out.

Asked why, the majority of people (61%), said that they do so because “that is just how things are done”.

One quarter added they only tip because they feel a social pressure to do so, and would feel ashamed not to. Only 15% believed staff aren’t paid enough.

And 21% of people said they would tip even if they were unhappy with the service because it would be too embarrassing not to.

But the news is not so good for mixologists. Just under 30% of people said they tip bar staff when they’re out for a drink.

The news comes after a report which found that salary offers in the hospitality industry are rising faster than any other sector thanks to staff shortages.

Hospitality workers have the fastest-growing pay packets of any other sector, with wages rising by 10.4% by the end of 2017, according to data from jobseeker’s site CV Library.

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