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Tipping customs worldwide

In Japan, it’s considered rude to tip. In China, tipping is pretty uncommon. But in the U.S., more than 90 percent of Americans tip, and they tip across more sectors, than anywhere else. As more cities in the U.S. increase their minimum wage, many restaurants say they’re are considering getting rid of tipping altogether. We’ll take a look at attitudes toward tipping in the U.S. and around the globe with Holona Ochs, an associate professor of political science at Lehigh University and co-author of the book “Gratuity and Pola Henderson, author of the blog “Jetting Around.” (Photo: Flickr/Torbakhopper)

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