My husband and I were having lunch in an outdoor restaurant in Maine and when finished we had a brief dissagreement over the tip.Â He said he would pay inside.Â I went to the lobby to check out the brochures while he paid.Â
My husband joined me in the lobby and we were gathering information on where to go next when the waitress came up to us and asked if everything was okay.Â We told her yes. Â She said that there was nothing left on the table.Â My husband said, "I didn't take anything."Â I chuckled and turned away.Â I stood there in disbelief that the young lady was asking for a tip.Â She stood there waiting for us to respond.Â I pulled my change purse out and found 50 centsÂ and some lint floating about and gave her the change.Â My husband said he only had an credit card.Â She gave him directions to the nearest ATM.Â My jaw fell to the floor.Â It was obvious that the other patrons found her behavior to be tacky as well.Â They were looking at her oddly and one person even commented to her group how they couldn't believe she actually asked us for a tip.Â
In Europe the tip is figured into the final bill. Â This was confusing to my husband as he was new to the USA. Â I found it very tacky that the waitress followed us into the lobby and asked for a tip and even thought we should go to an ATM for money for her tip.Â We didn't go back.