In Europe, it’s customary for the service charge and tip to be billed into your charge for eating at a restaurant. This is something that’s universal across the continent, and sometimes it’s even considered rude to leave an additional tip on the table, though I’ve been known to do it for exemplary service, mainly because I’m an American, and we’re taught to tip servers in the United States.
However, when at home in the US, tips are rarely billed into the final charge for a restaurant, and it’s customary to leave a 15% or more tip on table as you leave. It’s rare for a restaurant to include this charge pre-billed into the receipt, and it’s something that I find really annoying of restaurants here in the US.
I was dining at the Johnny Rockets in South Beach Miami not too long ago, and included in the receipt was an already charged 15% tip. The service I received was fine, and was in accordance with a 15% tip, however, I feel weird about someone else already suggesting that and determining what they feel it is worth, before I have a chance to decide. Of course, I could have altered the bill by either adjusting the tip higher or lower, but I still feel as if there is something awkward with having a tip pre-charged.
It’s not something I see every day in the US, but when I do, I’m always a bit shocked.
What do you do when you receive a suggested pre-billed tip on a receipt?
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