In another thread the topic of bottled water already on the table upon arrival was brought up so i thought this might make a good thread topic.
I have noticed that there have been a number of retaurants that now particpate in the practice of having a large bottle of water on the table upon seating. The waiter arrives and immediately asks if he can pour the bottle around. No mention of either cost or no-charge. The bill arrives and the waiter's "generosity" is included in the bill at $7-10.
The first time this happend to me i was surprised, thinking it was a free thank you for coming (probably rose colored glasses on my part). I now always turn down the offer. Tap is fine with me.
Has this happened with anyone else and did it bother you? I chucked it up to experience.