Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Stupid Automatic Gratuity Charges!

The Sympatico/MSN home page has a link to an article titled 10 hidden costs that will cost you plenty and what is the first one I read? Automatic Gratuity Charges. It states that Most Canadian restaurants leave the tip up to you but some add 15 per cent to your bill automatically - particularly if you are with a large group. Check the restaurant’s policy before you order so that you don't double tip when the bill comes.

Well let me tell you a little story. A few weeks ago me & the bf went out for dinner at a local sushi place. The place didn't appear to be shady by any means. It actually looked a little more upscale than your average sushi place.

When I got my receipt, I automatically calculated the tip (15%) and started writing it down on the receipt. As I was writing it down, I noticed that a gratuity tip was already included in the bill unbeknown to me! The worst part was that the bill was only for the two of us, not a large party or anything! Ridiculous. Ever since, I've been paying more attention to my receipts but don't you hate feeling like you've been suckered? I am sure lots of people don't even pay attention and end up double tipping.

It really pissed me off & I am pretty sure I won't be going back there anytime soon. I mean the food was good but there's lots of sushi places in the area with good food that don't automatically put in a tip in the bill.


Ginger said...

I hate it when places do that. I've never had the balls to ask it be removed, but one day I'm sure I will.

I also noticed that some places are now adding on an additional "food" tax, which is above and beyond the PST and GST. I have no idea what it is, but I'm not cool with it.

One evening meal with a drink and suddenly you're paying 4 different taxes. Totally ridiculous.

Rags2Riches said...

You know what, I've noticed that food tax too and never really knew what it was either!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's sneaky. Never had that happen but I wouldnt have been impressed! Hope you dont plan on going back!