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Canada and tipping etiquette
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22 / M / Québec/Canada
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Posted 6/3/15
You were just unlucky. There's rude people everywhere.
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Posted 6/4/15
I believe you did everything right. I am from the westcoast of Canada and do travel a bit. I found people on the east coast freindly no matter where I go. Hopefully it was just bad customer service and etiquette on their part.
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36 / M / Canada
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Posted 6/4/15 , edited 6/4/15
It was just a snooty waitress. Don't let a self-important waitress ruin your day. It could have been anything from the way you ordered your meal to the staff having a bad day. If you were speaking in Cantonese or Mandarin (or something) while she was there, that would be considered rude.

A 15% tip is fine, 20% is definitely generous. I find that Montreal is pretty easy going and not very prejudice against people that do not speak french. It gets bad sometimes outside of Montreal.

Quebec isn't really 'faux-french'.

Any payment type is fine. Paying by credit or debit in Montreal is safe. It's as safe as paying in any major American city. The exchange rate on cards can suck. Also, to someone above, Canada is not overseas from the USA

Why don't you just ask the next wait staff that is rude to you? Just say you are international and wait-staff have been giving you a hard time. Apologize for your ignorance and ask if there is something that you are doing wrong. (I'm not saying you are ignorant, but pleading ignorance is one of the best ways to lower someone's guard in conversation).

Enjoy your time in Montreal make sure to stop by a Patati Patata for a poutine, you will enjoy it!
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Posted 6/4/15
I've never been to Canada so I don't know, but I've heard that tipping is more common there. Canadians are known for being so incredibly polite that tipping someone even if they're bad at their job doesn't surprise me.

I think no matter where you are, a tip should be based on how well they were actually able to serve you. If they're rude and bring your food late, then they don't deserve one.
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28 / F / SC
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Posted 6/4/15
whats a canada
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Posted 6/4/15
Just stand up in the middle of dinner and shout GO HABS! And you won't have to tip.
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26 / M / Fredericton, NB
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Posted 6/4/15
^ + wear a Habs jersey, maybe everyone will be even nicer to you.

Though from what people say, its true. Decent tips (15-20%), Most don't have much preference to card vs cash. In general, Montreal is pretty multilingual, they have a large amount of non-french living there so in general it is nice there. However, some Quebecers are incredibly racist against English speakers, though those are mostly the more northern QC peeps.
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