A : Can I help you ?
B : How much is it? Eight films and a bar of chocolate.
A : That's $38, sir.
B : Can you accept a check?
A : Sorry sir. We can't . Cash only.
B : Here's two twenties. Keep the change.
A : Thank you . Have a nice day.
A : Then I'll take them. How much?
B : $120.The small gift box is complementary.
A : Here is $150.Keep the change.
B : Thank you ! Have a nice day!
A : You too. Bye.
A : How much shall I pay?
B ; Let me see. A roasted duck is 15 dollars . A plate of pork is 10 dollars . A bowl of beef is 6 dollars. Two bottles of beer are 3 dollars. That'll be a total of 34 dollars.
A : Here is 40 dollars. Keep the change, please.
B : Oh, sorry , sir . We take no tips here. Thank you all the same.
A : Thank you . Steven. That was the most magnificent meal I've had abroad. You'll have to let me reciprocate the next time you're in Beijing.
B : Don't worry about it , Lin. That's no big deal. You know, Americans appreciate China's rich culinary culture. Just excuse me for a second while I check the number here and figure out how much to give the waiter.(Examines the bill) Hmm, by the way, what do you do about tipping in China?
A : We don't .
B : No tipping? Now that's what I call a civilized system.
A : At hotels and some restaurants they add a service charge to the bill, but other than that , tipping isn't customary.
B : What about cab drivers and porters?
A : In a cab you just pay what it says on the meter. I generally tip hotel porters 10 yuan per bag, but in first-class hotels they're instructed not to accept gratuities.
B : You'd have a revolution on your hands if you tried to introduce that sort of system here.