Germans minimize spending on cafes and restaurants due to rising prices
BERLIN, 23 November – RIA Novosti. In the face of rising prices, people living in Germany reduced their spending on cafes and restaurants to a minimum and started to cook more at home. The RIA Novosti correspondent learned how the habits of the Germans changed against the backdrop of inflation and calls for savings.
Germans interviewed talk about rising inflation and admit that hearty dinners at restaurants are now only timed for special dates.
For example, a 50-year-old person living in a small area near Berlin says he minimizes food and beverage trips.
“I’m a big fan of Indian food. But the last time I went to an Indian restaurant was a month ago, the prices went up a lot,” she says.
According to him, now you will have to pay about 12 euros for the cheapest meal, previously a man paid 9-10 euros for it. He minimized his trips for catering. At the same time, the agency’s interlocutor adds that he is even more worried about the rising prices of products in stores.
He rarely visits cafes and restaurants and is a thirty-year-old Berlin native. The girl now cooks at home to save money and chooses to take walks in the parks in her spare time and to meet her friends. If you have a long talk, he takes a sandwich with him.
However, according to him, if he still manages to make it to a restaurant, then he won’t miss the tip because he knows that even waiters today have a hard time.
“I work in the service industry myself, so I know how much income depends on tips in this type of job. Therefore, when I order something in a cafe, I’m always very generous. For example, if my bill is around 40 euros, I can leave 5 euros on top for dinner. But this is Of course, it will only happen if the service is pleasant and I am not ignored. will not leave any tips “, – the girl told RIA Novosti.
Another interlocutor of the agency, residing in Frankfurt am Main, believes that no one is obliged to tip.
“An employee of an establishment should negotiate his salary in advance according to the outcome of his job and just trust him. And a tip is a nice bonus. Of course, if the service is at its best and the atmosphere in the Establishment is pleasant, then you can leave a tip of 1-2 euros,” said the man with RIA Novosti shared.
“But I personally don’t go to cafes. It’s too expensive for me today. I recently took a doner with me for 6.5 Euros. But I think this dish is an unacceptable price for myself to order regularly.” ” explained the German.
He adds that there is no one among his friends who often goes to catering establishments. “Friends say they only occasionally go to a Chinese or Vietnamese cafe for a promotion, for example, eat all you can (“eat all you can” – ed.), and that’s it, the source said.
According to a survey published Sunday by German television channel n-tv, consulting firm Boston Consulting Group, 62% of people surveyed in Germany said they rarely dine out. Even more respondents – 68% – indicated that they started using food delivery services less frequently.
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