I have worked the same work -though in different places- for a total of 6 years. And until yesterday I had been given a total of 10-15 euros in tips. It’s near zero. I hadn’t been considering tips to be part of my job.
Yesterday a very nice person I really liked was in urgent need. So, I gladly lent that person 50 euros, which is a respectable amount for Greek standards. You’d make 50 in 1-2 days of work, with a basic salary. And I hardly even ‘knew’ that person -by ‘normal’ standards- being a backpacker and all. My standards are a different story.
Within the next couple of hours I added 5 more euros to my total tips, coming by two different persons, one of which didn’t even stay there. He sort of came in, stayed for a short while, tipped me and left.
Sure, those aren’t any great numbers. It’s the events I’m pointing out.