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(CRI) Are you happy to leave a tip if the dining service is satisfactory?
One famous chain of restaurants in Beijing has recently introduced a reward system, urging customers to pay a tip by scanning a QR code, ranging from 3 to 5 yuan, as a way of rating their standard of service.
But, the practice, which seems to becoming a growing trend, is faced with a large number of customers expressing opposition, according to a report in the Beijing Youth Daily.
The opposition side argues that tipping culture is not embedded in China's dining customs and the trend is shifting the rewards system for waiting staff away from service providers onto clients.
One customer, named Zhang, pointed out that the salary system in China's catering industry is quite different from that in Western countries.
In China, tips or other types of rewards are actually included in the salaries of the waiting staff, paid by employers based on their performance.
Zhang also noted that, in China, the service charge is already been included in the cost of the meal, and so there should be no need to make an extra payment.
But, where tipping is normal, such as the U.S., it is a major source of revenue, and regarded as beyond reproach and a sign of respect for the work they do.
In the wake of complaints against this new charge, the China Consumers Association has called a halt to tipping which it said to be pushed quite strong by waiters and waitresses.
Officials with the association stress that any reward system should be on a voluntary basis.