Discussion on local restaurants automatically adding 20% to bill to pay for employee costs.
There is apparently a new trend at the local restaurants (and maybe nationwide) to include a 20% cost to the final dinner bill. The servers do on occassion make it clear that this is not a tip. If I understood correctly, they are required by law to advise you about this practice.
As we sit there contemplating a nice dinner with friends, we are now listening to a mini-sermon about how the 20% is to cover their health insurance, etc, etc. So, after setting the tone for the meal, I'm now thinking my bill sans 20%, will be close to $100+/-. When the bill arrives, it will then be at lest $120+/-...then, I'm apparently expected to add a decent tip of 20% more for the server, I'm now all in for $140+/-, which is obvioulsy $40 beyond the original cost of the meal/wine, etc. I am suddenly feeling very ripped off by the restaurant and feel like I've become their cash cow.
I am not cheap, and am an excellent tipper, but I detest having something shoved down my throat by management. It is not my responsibility to provide funds to cover health costs of their employees, no matter what that cost might be. IMO, management should either bake in the 20% to avoid an embarrassing moment with wait staff while the taste of that steak begins to wane.
This issue goes along with the "resort fee" charged at most, if not all hotels/casinos, etc. This is the brain child of some bean counter who wants to gouge vacationers. These fees can and in many cases borderline obscene, costs of up to and beyond $50 per day extra, are obscene. Of course the hotels explain that this is to cover usage of the gym, pool area, and other ammenities, which have always been part of the reason people would make a reservation there in the first place.
Do you go to restaurants that do the auto charge? How do you feel about it? Do you think you, as a patron wanting to have a nice dinner with the wife/lady, or friends and know that the establishment just wants into your wallet as deep as they can get? Who said 20% is correct? Why not 5% or 10%.
As for Vegas or any casino I may gamble in, there is always, almost always a Holiday Inn Express, or Hampton Inn not far from the casino, who don't charge this nonsense, and offer a pretty decent breakfast to boot.
CAVEAT EMPTOR!! You may be getting ripped off and not knowing it. The time to address this is not when the bill comes and you either submit to the gouge, or cause a potential scene in front of wife/date, friends.