Tips

Is it just me?

Scene 1, a small town deep in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Waitress cheerfully accepts my debit card payment for two coffees and a piece of cake.

Me: round it up (smiles)

She: I can’t.

Me (thinks): Well soz, no tip for you then - I haven’t carried cash since the pandemic.

Scene 2, a coffee shop at Gare de Lyon, Paris.

A saucer labelled “tips” sits on the counter, with virtually nothing in it.

I’m always happy to tip for service with a smile, but seriously, does anyone carry cash any more? Card payment is so ubiquitous (parts of London and the south east are even refusing to take cash any more) that it feels like anyone unable to process card tips will miss out.

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