A waitress wearing wrist braces and a traditional Bavarian dirndl slams 20 kilos of beer onto a wooden table at Munich’s annual Oktoberfest. Her customers scramble for coins, debating how much to pay.
In past years, a 10-euro note would cover the cost of beer plus a roughly 10 percent tip. This year, the cost of a liter (slightly less than 34 U.S. ounces) of Oktoberfest beer increased to between 9.70 and 10.10 euros (about $13), depending on the tent. Without a practical default tip, many waitresses fear customers will skimp.
Twelve-year-old Assrien arrived from Al-Malikiyah in northeastern Syria five months ago, but today she chatters away in German.
Assrien plays soccer with German children on a makeshift field at a community event in Berlin’s Reinickendorf district. There are live performances, children’s activities, and food stalls designed to bring together refugees and locals to promote friendliness between the groups.