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Spaniards tip too much - minister
Waitress and customer at a Spanish bar
In cases, tips make up half the product's value

Spaniards still have not fully got to grips with the value of the euro and often tip too much, according to Economy Minister Pedro Solbes.

Over-tipping had added to the sense among Spanish consumers that the cost of living is higher since the euro's introduction in 2002, he said.

"People haven't taken on board the value of a euro," Mr Solbes told a political rally in Madrid.

Spain's inflation is higher than other eurozone states - at 4.1% last month.

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"Why do you tip a waiter/waitress and not the friendly girl in your local Deli?
JCA, UK

"I see people having a couple of coffees and calmly leaving a euro tip," Mr Solbes told a Socialist Party economic forum in the Spanish capital.

"That's 50% of the value of the product."

Before the euro hit the streets five years ago, leaving a 25 peseta tip was the norm. One euro was then worth 166 pesetas.



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