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Should I refuse to pay service charge and leave cash tips?
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I do agree with the posts about tipping being a bad practice and we should follow what happens in France and elsewhere where the most you leave is a couple of euros - and that only for exceptional service. Because the staff are paid properly. But here they're not and I refuse to swell the proprietor's profits.
At least we're better than the USA where 20% is expected and abuse follows if you don't give it.....
I was once in a restaurant and asked if the service charge went to the staff and was told "no, it doesn't" so I then asked them to remove it and I would leave a cash tip instead. I wish I hadn't bothered as the server obviously didn't have a clue what I was doing and was shocked by it thinking I was criticising their serving and that no-one had ever not paid the service charge before.
If you find my posts useful, "pay it forward" and help someone else out, that's how places like MSE can be so successful.
Anyone about to moan, I'll reinforce the point others have made about restaurants and bars being quite alone in their tipping customs and add that we MSEers are quite happy to haggle amazing deals on other products which by default equate to low wages for the staff of that company (I'm thinking bills, mobiles, clothing... pretty much everything that we want a "good deal" on).
I would state that I was 100% against that and until the service charge is stopped I would not ever eat at their place again.
See what they've got to say, if it's a case of "I don't care, I'm only in it for the money" tell them goodbye and enjoy my loss of custom.
I would def do this as I feel very strongly about owners that do this, I hate them big time.
Is a service charge "usual" at 10%? I have seen more at 12.5%.
If you like the place no need to boycott it, just do not pay the service charge (assuming of course that it is not obligatory)
Asking for extra money, over and above the cost of the service, is akin to begging.
Most of teh people that I know that work in the service industry earn more money that I do, so why should I tip them? I am not saying that I don't, as I do - when it is deserving.
Waiters/waitresses get a tip after good service, on the provision that a service charge has not been added to the bill. If it had I would demand that it was taken off, pay the bill, leave - without leaving a tip - and never eat there again.
Hairdressers/barbers always give a tip to the hairdresser and also to the person that washes your hair - if one is happy with the result.
Never tip a taxi driver as their machines are already set to £2.50 of more when you step in the cab.
Never tip a public worker, such as a dustman or postman as they earn a packet anyway.
Is this not the case? I also naively presumed that any service charge on my bill meant it went to the serving staff. It seems I'll be querying this a lot more now...