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Is it by law we have to pay..

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  • Mar 4th, 2009 11:20 pm
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Feb 28, 2007
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Is it by law we have to pay..

the service charge that they automatically add in themselves? I've noticed these places recently that add 15% to our bill.
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Feb 2, 2003
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Not sure on legality but assuming that it was mentioned somewhere, likely at the bottom of the menu, then I would say yes
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Dec 11, 2006
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Yeah, they can do this (because it's usually written somewhere in the restaurant), but you shouldn't tip on top if this unless service is amazing.

Sometimes I find it quite insulting when this happens as I feel as though the server took a look at me/my group and decided that they weren't going to get 15% unless they added it on themselves. I make sure to leave exact change, or ask for it whenever this is the case.

My friends and I always leave at least 15% and often 20% or more, so if we're being told to leave 15%, then we can play along.
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Dec 11, 2003
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A form of voluntarily gratitude becoming shotgun gratitude. I shall shut up and not go deeper into that direction.
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This topic has been discussed to death on RFD already.