Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is this new?

I am terribly behind on blogging and just about everything else in my life too. So forgive me. I'm still here just stalled. We spent a fun weekend in WI though so I'll be sharing stuff throughout the week. But first I went to lunch today to grab a sandwich and tried someplace new. This is what I saw on the bill. Is this new?  (Being that it is a new place I also spent way more than I wanted on lunch...but alas I digress.)

Now I have never seen a "suggested gratuity amounts" on a bill before.  I know on large parties they sometimes have an automatic addition for gratuity but this was just a helpful note on my bill.  First of all, this isn't hard math people, nor does it have to be so specific.  You want 15%?  Move the decimal point one over...$15.00 becomes $1.50 for 10% and then add an additional half that (.75) for a total of $2.25.  And if you can figure out 10%, 15% and 20% than it is easy to pick some number in between roughly where you want to tip.

But beyond that, shouldn't they start at 15% at least?  I know that 18% is customary but what happens when you have bad service.  And it isn't it a tad presumptuous to have the 25% on there?  I mean, I think I can count on one hand the times I've tipped over say 20%.  And believe me an overpriced sandwich and iced tea is not it.

Have you seen this?  Am I the only one who is annoyed by it?

7 comments:

Teawench said...

I have not seen it. Not sure I'm annoyed by it, though. Sure, it's easy math for some people but numbers & I don't get along at all. But if they are going to do it, they should just stick to the 20%. Maybe do 18%. If it's superfantastic service, I'm not going to calculate anything over 20%, I'm just going to give them whatever. And for crappy service, they're lucky if they get a nickle out of me. Most likely it's a note written on the receipt.

Valerie said...

I have seen it before, and it definitely annoys me. First, it's a rare that I'll give over 15%. A server would have to be pretty good to get 18%. Second, I don't like feeling pressured to give a tip. Tips used to be something that servers had to earn. Now it's something we're expected to automatically give. I don't like it!

Melinda said...

I've seen it before, and I do think it is a bit obnoxious. My guess is that they think people will appreciate it the help figuring out the tip. However, since pretty much everyone has a calculator on their phone (or can do math themselves), it's not really needed.

Misty said...

I have seen it a few places and I think it is unnecessary. I'm sorry but I have done that job and I will tip you what you deserve so do a great job and I will tip you well.

Jamie H said...

I think that's a bit annoying. I almost always give 15% unless it was super bad service or exceptional service. I think people should be able to tip what they want, when they want, and not have someone "suggest" what they should do. Besides, most cell phones come with a tip calculator now anyway.

Marketing Mama said...

ha :)

I've seen it on receipts but only after i've painstakingly done the math.

and then wished I would have seen the numbers to begin with.

Sabrina said...

I have seen it too. But it's just a suggestion. Tip according to the service you received. And used to be the one earning those tips.