American culture does terribly well abroad--it's one of the few American exports that does do well. The particular mixture of impudence, casualness, frank sex, and's a language that carries surprisingly well.

John Updike

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I cannot understand why America, where we are egalitarian and respect workers and reject class and caste, has become the tipping capitol of the world. Foreigners find it awkward and bizarre, and surely many of us do, too. I would love simply to pay bills without wondering about how much to add--10% at breakfast? Many people, in other countries, find the idea of tips demeaning. Why don't we?
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