So apparently tips are now automatically an expected part of the dining out experience.

One of my friends told me her and pals went out last night, paid a pretty penny for a meal and the tip was automatically included on the bill as the balance owing. An extra £24!!!!

Wow , so now you don’t get the choice who you tip, the venue takes it directly.

So my friend who has no filter told the restaurant to immediately remove their extra charge off the bill and informed them the meal that’s on the menu and the prices are what she expected to pay. Then subsequently personally tipped the waitress directly.

The choice to tip here in the U.K. is the choice by the consumer.

I work in the public sector and there are many people who do roles providing service. We are paid at basic minimal wages and don’t get tips.

Many people provide services to other folks and don’t even get a thank you.

But for any establishment to put a tip automatically on a bill is just plain robbery.

Most people have had a drink with their meals and are not fully aware of the bill and just go on to pay it, plus leave a tip on the table!

Always the person serving should be given that tip not the establishment.

That’s my view on this.

Have you ever been billed and paid a tip beyond what you thought should have been appropriate?


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4 thoughts on “Tips

  1. I agree with you, to put the tip into the actual bill is rather egotistical and guaranteed to get on the customer’s nerves. Then they might not feel like leaving a tip at all.

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  2. As a former server for years, I wanted to give you my thoughts on this about adding the gratuity to a check. This practice started when you would get table of six or more people, you run around making sure the food is correct, etc and once check was paid for you looked for a fairly nice tip and see change or just a couple of dollars was left when the tip should have been in the 2 digits and all that work was for basically nothing. Servers started complaining and owners listened the results were any table of six or more a gratuity would be automatically added to the check and this was printed on menus. Even then the gratuity was usually based on 15% of the entire bill when a lot of servers should be getting 20%. As you mentioned servers rely on the tips as here in the states it is one industry that believes in the first hour you should be making minimum wage with the tips so the hourly wage at times could be far below minimum wage. It sounds good on paper but when you have individuals that do not tip or the tip is laughable by the end of the week you have barely made enough to pay your bills. For me, I was glad when this policy was instituted to help out servers with bigger parties.

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    1. Yeah I have heard that in USA the people serving don’t get paid proper wages in many places. Here in the UK we have a minimum wage standard and so the tips are not as relied upon as probably the USA. Here I question any establishment that takes the tips for service charge as they should be by law paying their staff the correct wage.
      Not shirking their responsibilities by using service charges to prop up paying those wages.
      I prefer if I pay a tip it goes direct to the person that served me. My personal thank you.

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