Yeesh. Spain’s economic minister has started a campaign against over-tippers. He feels that Spain’s transition to the Euro leads to people leaving tips that are too big, which causes the perception of an increase in the cost of living:
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. “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.”
Our guess? Just a slow day in the Spanish bureaucracy.