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Burlington, Vermont Restaurants Charge Foreigners Extra

| by Michael Allen

Burlington, Vermont restaurants are charging a special gratuity if you're from a foreign country. A few local restaurants have a name for the surcharge, the “Queeb tax.”

Burlington reportedly gets many Canadian tourists over the summer and apparently they have a bad reputation of not tipping well.

Barb Bardin, the owner of Splash at the Boathouse, told the indy paper Seven Days: "Because the servers really have such a hard time with it, I just leave it up to them, 'do what you feel is appropriate for you.'"

Asiana Noodle Shop Owner Sandy Kong told ABC News that an 18 percent gratuitty is added to a group of five or more, as well as for customers who aren't good tippers.

Kong said: "But some Canadians come in, they spend like $100 or $150 and they leave the wait staff maybe a $1.00 tip. It happens pretty often. I realize that the Canadians think it's discrimination, but on all the receipts it's printed out on bottom, 'we suggest an 18 or 20 percent tip.' Asians do it also. But it seems that Canadians tip the worst."

Nan Seagroves, a waitress at the Asiana Noodle Shop for two years said: "A lot of Quebecois come to eat and we give them good service. We ask them how is the service, are they happy with it? They said they are, but most of them didn't leave the tip. Just this morning we got some who had a $40 bill and they left 5 cents."