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Etiquette question regarding comped meal

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Etiquette question regarding comped meal

shammy678 | Sep 24, 2006 06:18 PM

Last night, I went to a restaurant with my husband and parents and had a fabulous Italian meal that to our surprise, was comped by the owner.
I'm assuming it's because I'm a local television reporter. Had I known that that was going to be the case, I would never have gone. Our biggest quandry is that none of us had a lot of cash on us because we were expecting to pay in a credit card. We left $100 as a gratuity. The meal itself, likely would have been about $250. Was that enough? Did we look cheap? I felt that we should have gone to the ATM and gotten more cash out or asked to charge the gratuity but my husband felt $100 was more than appropriate saying that in the Italian culture, (he's Italian-American), when someone gives you a gift (in this case, a wonderful meal) you should graciously accept it and send a heartfelt thank you note. Thoughts??

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