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Vermont restaurants add automatic gratuities to thwart supposedly bad-tipping Canadian customers — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Burlington, Vt., restaurants are adding 18 percent to the bills of French-speaking diners, on the grounds that Quebecers are "bad tippers." Restaurant owner Sandy Kong defended the practice, saying, "Some Canadians come in, they spend like $100 or $150, and they leave the waitstaff maybe a $1 tip."