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According to Kerry Segrave in “Tipping: An American Social History of Gratuities”, the practice of tipping likely originated in Europe and eventually made its way over to the U.S. Now, centuries later, it seems some Americans can’t wrap their heads around why Europeans are so “stingy”.
You probably tip the hotel doorman and the person who brings your bags to your room. But would you ever tip a hotel’s front desk clerk?