2) Tipsregler i 25 land (Christine Baglo) 29 May 2006
Taken from the BBC: "Canada:Most service staff in Canada expect something in the 10-20% tip range, depending on what city, if it's French or English Canada, and the level of service. Tipping is expected for restaurants, bars, food delivery and taxis. You should not try to tip the police, especially the Royal Canadian Mountain Police - they will not appreciate it. 15% is a good tip in a restaurant. In Montreal, tips for a good meal at a good restaurant with good service should be tipped more. In most of English Canada, you would find it a lot harder to have the same experience, and anyway would not be expected to tip as much. On the other hand, you should not tip if service is bad. If the service is really bad, leave a nickel - they should get the message. There is no excuse for bad service - it's so easy to give! And if you work in the service industry, the little effort can gain you a personal reward - tips!"
"United States: Restaurants in the USA usually call for a 15-20% tip, however, if your server is a complete jerk, you aren't expected to give them a dime of your pocket-money. Of course, you may have the misfortune of going to a restaurant that automatically includes a 15% tip in the check, but for all those US males out there who pull out their little calculators every time they receive the bill, having the tip already indicated for them can save a lot of embarrassment. In pubs, you are expected to put a dollar or two into the pot at the bar. However, since you usually pay only at the end (rather than for each drink as you go), this does not get too excessive! In most states of the US the tax is around 7-8%, so you just tip twice the tax - a little more or less depending on the service you got. Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy. However, some people just don't understand what the big deal is with figuring out what 15% of the total is... You just take ten percent of the total, divide that by two, and then find the sum of both figures!" If the BBC can do the research and report accurately on these two countries, why can't some in the Norwegian press? My guess is that the journalist did what many other Norwegian journalists do and just assumed that Canada is the same as the USA. In fact, one would almost get the impression from Norwegian reporting and journalist responses that many in fact may be a little uncertain if Canada is in fact a separate country in North America. It may seem far fetched to say this, but from the numerous times Canada is lumped into USA stories or data, one would think that there is confusion as to whether or not Canada is a separate independent nation in North America by some Norwegian journalists. Why is it when Canada is added into some USA stories does the journalist not even hesitate about what they have written before they go to print? This journalist didn't, and what was even worse was the several e-mails sent to the journalist and magazine to get the story corrected. Despite pointing out the errors it took many e-mails to "convince" the magazine there was a mistake. That would be like a Canadian journalist always including Norway under the information or heading for Sweden or Germany and then when told of his mistake, not really being convinced that Norway deserves its own recognition and information because the Canadian journalist is convinced Norway is some part of Sweden or Germany and it's all the same. What Norwegian would find that acceptable?