So, to summarize:
- only/mostly foreigners in Poland leave tips
- average tip around 10%
So the waitstaff does not expect tips (although would certainly appreciate it) and does not turn ugly/vengeful if you do not tip?
A little tip for you...
When handing over the money for your meal do not say "Dziękuję"
Your waiter/waitress will interpret this as "keep the change"
Good to know!
I also imagine that with the reversed migration (Poles returning home from their working stints in Western Europe), the tipping culture might become more prevalent here.
I know that for me, who spend most of my life in the US, it would be very hard not to tip...
There's a job opening at Poland's Puszcza Białowieska circumcising żurby (bison). It doesn't pay much, BUT THE TIPS ARE BIG!!!
Just be careful where you snip ;-)