In the United States, business relationships are formed between companies rather than between people.Americans do business where they get the best deal and the best service.Please take this into account when making your travel plans.United States of America has a history of unified etiquette protocols that may not seem obvious to foreigners.Adapted from material compiled by Window on the World, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm.Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.The sales tax will always be included on the 'check' (bill); the tip is rarely included unless you are dining with a group of 6 or more people -- in this case, many establishments automatically add a tip or 'service charge' or 'gratuity' of between 15% and 20%.
In general, one does not tip at a 'fast food restaurant'.
You can always get more casual after you get a sense of how people dress.
You cannot lose, however, if you begin with a very professional attire and manner.
Emily Post's name has become synonymous with proper decorum in the States, and remains so even today.
Any modern book on etiquette published in the States will cite either of these two historical figures.
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