In scanning over articles in Greek newspapers (especially those like Kathimerini that publish an English language edition) a reader may come face to face with an article which poses more questions than it answers. Usually with such articles the first question I internally pose is, “Why was this written?”, and the second, “To what demographic is this article directed?”. A third question related to the second is, “Did this article appear in the Greek language edition?”.
Maybe it is the downtime between Christmas and the build up to New Year’s eve which provokes articles which would have a tough time seeing the light of day at other times.
One such was a recent article (link) which describes tipping practices in Athens for food and services. The article also mentions briefly tipping customs in far-flung France, Sweden, Thailand, China and Japan.
The question for me is what provoked the reporter to write on this theme? Personal initiative, a bad night in a second job in the service industry? There is no rule for tipping in Greece that I am aware of but my sense of the article is that the author would like to invent one.
I have no problem at all with the overall message: tipping for service is a good idea and makes people happy.