Based on a survey by Xendpay, this story on the tipping habits of Britons gained national attention after the results revealed that Gloucester is the worst tipping city in the UK. Read the article in full here.
Waiters should avoid working in Gloucester if they want to earn big tips, after its residents were revealed as the stingiest in the UK when it comes to tipping.
According to a new survey, one in four people living in the West Country city said they would never tip under any circumstances, placing Gloucester at the bottom of a UK league table.
Second worst in the stingy stakes were people living in the Yorkshire city of Sheffield, where 21 per cent of those polled said they never leave tips.
Newcastle was revealed as the third meanest city, with 19 per cent of customers in the Geordie city admitting to never putting their hand in their pocket.
Instead, waiting staff should head to Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Swansea or Wrexham if they want to get rich on tips.
In these five locations, not a single person polled said they never leave a tip.
Rajesh Agrawal, CEO of the online money transfer service Xendpay, which conducted the poll, said: “On the whole the poll shows Brits are ready to put their hand in their pockets, but if you are working for tips in certain areas, the odds are slightly more stacked against you.”
Of those polled, 14 per cent said they didn’t tip because it was “confusing or inconvenient”, with 74 per cent saying they valued service above the quality of what they were being served.
Meanwhile, 18 per cent of Londoners said they would always leave a tip, even if the service was bad - making the capital a good place for waiting staff to work.
Mr Agrawal added: “Some people may expect London to be the toughest market for tips – but this shows otherwise.
“Tipping varies between cultures and is an important transaction for people on both sides.
“The UK does appear to be getting more comfortable with the notion of tipping, but it is still surprising some people deciding how much to give is a hassle or is confusing.”