Then one night, after yet another restaurant dinner with friends, I realized that there was one other thing that I really liked about China: No tipping. 后来有天晚上，在和朋友们在另一家餐馆吃饭后，我突然意识到，在中国还有件我最喜欢的事情：不用付小费。
Tipping is a subject that has long interested and irritated me.
Many people think that the word "tip" is an acronym for "to insure promptness." However, this is not possible, I think. Since the practice of tipping began in England in the Middle Ages, scholars have not been able to find any acronyms much earlier than the 20th century. Most scholars track the word "tip" back to the early 1600s, where it originated as criminal slang. It referred to inside information. Therefore, to give another criminal a tip was to give something valuable(information).
许多人都认为"tip"一词是"to insure promptness"的简称。但我想这不太可能。因为付小费的习俗源自中世纪的英国，而学者们至今还未发现早于20世纪的简称。多数学者都把"tip"一词的起源追溯到17世纪早期，源于当时罪犯常说的俚语，意思是内部消息。因此，给一个罪犯"tip",是指给他有价值的消息。
The word gradually evolved to the point where, in the late 1700s, it meant to five a monetary gratuity to someone for service performed. That's where it stayed until the English immigrated to North America.
In America, the three basic occupations that require tipping are waiters/waitresses, taxi drivers, and barbers. The standard tip is now between 15 and 20 per cent of the bill, depending on the quality of service.
Why these three particular services deserve this special treatment is a mystery to me. Why am I supposed to tip a waiter for bringing me food when I'm not expected to tip the flight attendant on an airplane for doing the same thing? Why am I supposed to tip a cab driver, but I'm not expected to tip the bus driver? Why am I supposed to tip the barber for cutting my hair but not the dentist for fixing my teeth? I have been a teacher for 39 years. No one has ever tipped me after a particularly successful class on lecture.
The whole concept of tipping doesn't make any sense. I have heard that there are some exclusive and expensive restaurants in major cities in the US where the restaurant does not give the waiters any salary at all due to the large amounts of the tips.In fact, in some instances, I read that the waiters actually pay the restaurant a small fee for the opportunity to collect the large tips.
Also, I was quite surprised to learn that there was actually a website devoted to tipping and related issues. Some of the invisible and illogical rules of this practice are close to ridiculous. The tipping problem in many European countries is solved by automatically adding a 15 per cent gratuity to the bill. I prefer the Chinese solution: no tipping at all.
When I was visiting the US this summer, I went out to dinner several times with friends. Having spent 10 months in China not even thinking about tipping, I found it irritating to have to spend extra money on the meal--especially when the amount of the tip would very often buy a meal in China. While I understand why China, as a developing nation, has adopted many western customs, I hope the Chinese are wise enough to never start the unnecessary practice of tipping. The level of service in China is already good enough that it doesn't need anything to make it better.