In Saint-Tropez, the customer gives a tip of 500 euros but the waiter demands 1000 - the Town Hall is obliged to intervene

In the famous village of Saint-Tropez, the generosity of a customer has turned into a controversy over the unorthodox business practices of certain establishments.

In Saint-Tropez, the customer gives a tip of 500 euros but the waiter demands 1000 - the Town Hall is obliged to intervene

In the famous village of Saint-Tropez, the generosity of a customer has turned into a controversy over the unorthodox business practices of certain establishments. A tipping story, where 500 euros did not seem enough for a waiter, reignited the debate on the excessiveness that sometimes characterizes tourism in this Mediterranean paradise.

The picturesque streets of Saint-Tropez are buzzing with stories. But this time around, it's not the splendor of the citadel or the luxury boats that speak, but rather a series of incidents highlighting the commercial extravagances of some local establishments.

From beaches where the symbol of peace coexists with that of major luxury brands to restaurants setting up "minimum spending", it seems that the laws of the market have exceeded reasonable standards. Like this Ramatuel beach which offered a "Premium" table for the astronomical sum of 100,000 euros during the Belgian National Day.

But the most disturbing incident occurred when a customer, thinking he was showing great generosity, left a tip of 500 euros. To his surprise, according to Var Matin, the server deemed this sum insufficient, boldly suggesting that a "little effort" to arrive at 1000 euros would be more appropriate. Far from being touched by this gesture, the client preferred not to leave any tip, thus showing his displeasure.

The Mayor of Saint-Tropez, Sylvie Siri, is at the heart of this storm. Committed to guaranteeing a dignified welcome to its customers, it found itself having to take a stand against these practices which scare away some regulars and cast a shadow on the reputation of the village. Initiatives such as "tipping suggestions" at the end of the note, although less direct, have not escaped criticism.

It is these extravagant customs that arouse the ire of the inhabitants, but also of the professionals. Accounting firms have to juggle bills where tips, not included, sometimes represent staggering sums, causing unexpected complications.

The challenge is clear for the municipality: to find a balance between luxury tourist attractions and the preservation of the authenticity and charm that have made Saint-Tropez famous. For many, the idea of ​​housing, clothing or eating at reasonable prices in the village now seems like a distant dream.

The question remains: how to ensure that Saint-Tropez remains a welcoming place for all, while retaining its exclusive aura? The reaction of the Town Hall to these practices will be decisive for the future of this jewel of the Côte d'Azur.

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