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Here's a tip...

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 5:57 AM

Tip that is... at least in Australia.

Australia is a NON-tipping country. If someone does you a service such as in a cafe or carries your bags in a hotel, or drives you somewhere in a taxi, Australia has never been a country that tips for this sort of thing. Yet increasingly (and insidiously..?) its becoming more and more common and worse... expected.

Australians have always been paid pretty decently in the service industry, mainly because we've never had tipping. People get paid an hourly rate regardless of service or duties and its enough to get by on. But now, thanks to tourism, TV shows and the internet, people working in these fields expect you to cough up a tip as well as pay the usual cost of the service such as your coffee and cake in a cafe and get shirty if you don't pay the extra. I've had one cafe even put the 'tip' automatically onto the bill, and then give me an attitude when I demanded they remove it! I stopped the manager cold when he claimed that its to help the employees with their wages, to which I responded "What? Don't you pay them the (federally mandated) minimum hourly wage? I should report this place to the Workplace Ombudsmen", or words to that effect. Shut him up pretty quick.... Mind you I've never been back there a) because of the auto-tip business and b) undoubtedly my order would come with a 'some extra added saliva value' to it... :P

So, that's my tip for people coming to Australia... Don't. (tip)


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Sean Ellery
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
I'm a high school teacher of Social Studies + Geography/History during the day and Caped Colouring Crusader by night, colouring stuff on the side as a hobby and the odd paid gig here and there.

(If you're wondering about the picture in the floating screen in my DevID image above then you can find it here -->…

Current Residence: Perth Australia
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Favourite style of art: comic digital art
Operating System: win xp
Favourite cartoon character: pinky and the brain


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LCFreitas Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks for the watch, welcome, excelent their colors, amazing job!
TheVatBrain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
crisartz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love your art, what do you use to make your art? I mean in software wise?
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rayan101 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  New member Professional Artist
heyhey are you the Sean that posts on apes and babes Uncle Frank's site? Please check my page and tell me what you think if so...Thanks Ray
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GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
Hi! Sorry it took so long to get back to you since Perth Oz ComicCon >.<; It was nice to meet you, you probably might not remember me. You came up to my booth and gave me your flyer :)
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Kristherion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A lot of thanks for the fav! Your artwork is unique, very nice color style. Thanks again.:) (Smile) 
mlh70 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
looks like you will only have a dozen entries to judge from on the batista contest. I took the extra time to touch up some errors and will be sending it to you later tonight. stay cool
Xanathin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave and the Watch!!!
kinGabe Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Artist
:icondananana3dplz:  :iconhappybirthday2plz:
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