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Quebecers Considered Bad Tippers In Vermont

08/19/2012 01:39 EDT | Updated 10/19/2012 05:12 EDT
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Many Quebecers head to Burlington, Vermont, for their holidays — and according tosome service staff in the city, they are poor tippers.

Niall McMahon is a server in a busy restaurant in Burlington. He said people from the province have developed a bad reputation among service staff.

"Not so much in the demeanor of Canadians, just the way they tip," he said.

McMahon said about 70 to 75 per cent of Canadian tourists tip between five and 10 per cent and he and other frustrated servers often add a tip to Quebecers' bills.

"When you're busting your butt and it's a large table or even a small table of Canadians, you just don't want to leave it to chance that you're going to get a $3 tip on a $100 bill," he said.

Trine Wilson is a supervisor at Leunig's Bistro in the centre of Burlington. She said some of her staff also call Quebecers poor tippers.

The CBC spoke to several visiting Quebecers as they walked around downtown Burlington Saturday. Ralph Zaiban said he had just tipped 20 per cent on a meal and said Quebecers don't deserve the reputation.

"That's not right. I just came out of a place and I tipped more than enough," he said.

Bella Pomminville, also from Quebec, said singling out Quebecers as bad tippers is bad form.

"They do that to some but not to others. It's discrimination," she said.

The Vermont Human Rights Commission said so far it hasn't received any complaints about the issue, but said it will investigate if it does receives any.

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