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Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 1) 376

I stand corrected on the tipping culture in Australia - though while I was there it wasn't like it was actively discouraged (unlike Singapore and Japan where the reaction to a tip attempt makes it obvious that tipping is not a thing there). I'll keep it in mind next time I visit.

Personally I absolutely despise tipping culture and would welcome any legislation that attempts to eliminate it in the US (for example simultaneously eliminate the lower server wage while also making tips illegal in the tax code).

But this is tangental to my original point: we don't need pennies or dollar bills!

Comment Re:Says Apple, sitting on billions in cash (Score 1) 376

People nowadays just ask to split the bill onto multiple cards (either via individual checks or if the meal is "for Jimmy's retirement" or whatever, by dividing the total evenly among the ones who are paying). This is better for wait staff since instead of one "tip is xx% rounded up to the nearest dollar" they get the benefit of the upward rounding from each subdivided check.

Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 2) 376

In Canada and Australia they have $2 coins too (both countries got rid of bills below $5) - and both have similar tipping culture to the US. Also, there's $2 bills if we're too lazy to come up with a $2 coin (Singapore does this) so at most we'd only be getting one dollar coin in our change, not four. All 3 countries have gotten rid of their 1 cent coin, so your pockets end up carrying less change overall. Singapore took things a bit differently, also axing the nickel and using a 20 cent coin instead of a quarter - thus transactions are rounded to the nearest 10 cents.

The US is not special in this, this is a solved problem.

Comment Re:In a car,ship, or plane. Coming back is harder (Score 1) 44

Canada does ID and interview everyone who comes in, and there are sensors all along the border looking for illegal crossings. A lot of it is to prevent Canadians from smuggling goods home without the proper taxes (the joke is the CBSA is an extension of the Canadian Revenue Agency). As an American entering Canada the most common question you get is "are you going to be meeting any Canadians, and leaving any goods with them?"

Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 246

Completely agree. He could well have just as many skeletons - but in a world where an 11 year old hot mic conversation gets tons of media airplay, if anyone was aware of anything interesting in Trump emails, we would know it by now, Wikileaks or not. So the most reasonable explanation is that no one has attempted to leak the info, not bias by Wikileaks.

Comment Re:Flee to another country (Score 2) 44

Yup they have a subway style one way turnstile to get to Mexico at San Ysidro / Tijuana. The Mexican gov't has some scary looking guys with assault rifles checking bags, but if you have no bags you can just walk right past without needing to even say hello (or hola). You'll be eating fresh churros before the trolley that took you to the border has even left for it's return trip. With a few hundred Benjamins in your pockets you'll be set for a few months.

That said, you'd better have a strategy for getting out of Mexico asap. The Federales love to find American fugitives and turn them in. IIRC the 'affluenza' teen and his mom were caught down there...

Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 246

Wikileaks doesn't actually hack, they provide a platform for those who did to get the information out. If someone *had* hacked the Trump servers, tried to get it to Wikileaks, and nothing was coming out, they would have gone to the media and it would be all over the news.

But they haven't, because no one bothered to hack Trump.

Comment Re:What's not reasonable... (Score 1) 204

Groupon used to do buy one get one free coupons for gift cards. So, by paying $20, I receive $40 I can spend at that retailer. These are limited time offers but the resulting gift cards have no expiration. I have been in possession of up to 10 of these gift cards at any given moment.

I actually could imagine a scenario where someone games such deals and banks a few hundred of these, then sells them for 75% face value. Everyone wins, reseller and second buyer each get a 25% RoI.

Comment Re:Tips are frequently non-taxed (Score 0) 97

The part where he completed the sentence with

than in the US

made it seem like he was referring to tipping here. Also,

However, when I receive a bill that contains the gratuity added automatically I specifically remove it and tell the manager why I've removed it and that I won't be returning to the restaurant because it's a *scummy thing to do*.

Adds to that.

You passive aggressive prick.

Comment Re:Gratuity should be illegal (Score 1) 97

Airline tickets are required to include taxes and fees.Theoretically train and bus tickets too but they usually don't have taxes and fees to begin with.
I've been hoping for a similar rule for hotel stays - sometimes staying even 1 county over will yield significant savings over multiple nights, but no one includes them in their search listings.

Comment Re:Gratuity should be illegal (Score 1) 97

For my haircut I tip a ridiculously good amount, somewhere in the neighborhood of 200% (still cheaper than a stylist). This has resulted in situations where I walk in and am skipped in front of the line because "I had an appointment" even though I never called :). Since this sort of unspoken benefit is not really possible in any other situation, I stick to 15% otherwise. Hotel maid gets $2/night that they actually had to clean my room. Taxi serviec in my area is shit so they get nothing, but while on vacation I'll round up and add a dollar (significantly more if I was in a hurry and they delivered).

Comment Re:Tips are frequently non-taxed (Score 3, Interesting) 97

Unfortunately laws allow wait staff to be underpaid significantly due to the US's tipping culture. While I applaud your effort to change it, the immediate effect is that you actually did the scummy thing by stiffing the service staff. Then again, theoretically, if everyone did that, we might have this changed.

Personally I find it stupid that tips are encouraged to be a percentage of the bill. If I go to a discount Vietnamese restaurant or a general chain restaurant, the waitress did the exact same amount of effort, so should receive an identical tip. Yet people yell at me when I overtip at cheap restaurants and (supposedly) undertip at expensive ones.

Comment Re: Tips are frequently non-taxed (Score 1) 97

I never understood that. As a northerner with a similar climate, why do people take vacations in the summer? That's the only time it's bearable to stay home. Save your money and vacation time for a trip to the Carribean (or SoCal/Hawaii for you west coast-ers) in February.

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