Three sure-fire ways to broadcast to the world that you are an American tourist:
1. Wear bermuda shorts, knee high socks and a stars-and-stripes emblazoned t-shirt
2. Speak loudly in a thick Yankee accent to try and overcompensate for the language gap
In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, Rosemary McClure reported that Americans consistently “overtip outrageously” while overseas. Accustomed to our 18-20% norm here at home, many American travelers take their generosity on the road when traveling and do the same.
But is this really generosity, or just plain ignorance?
McClure points out that in many parts of the world, the average tip is much lower, and our 15% tips are tipping the scales. After awhile, locals will be expected to pony up a similar amount because of the precedent set by visitors.
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