We had dinner out last night at Rockin' Baja Lobster (it's kind of a chain, some things are good, but that's not the point). We had 6 people + 1 6-year old and we all pretty much just split their seafood "buckets". We dealt with the $4.50 split charge (which seems high to me for this kind of place - it's not fine dining) and the raised prices. I can understand that with more than 6 people they would tack on the gratuity (18%). Our server was pretty good about refilling drinks, we were there late at night, it wasn't busy, and we were all tired so definitely not rowdy.
What I don't understand is that they added a gratuity tax on the 18%. Has anyone ever seen this before? It was basically sales tax on their self-added gratuity, on a separate line from the tax on the food. If there had been 4 of us dining, we would have added our own gratuity and no tax would have been added. Don't even get me started on the fact that on the credit card slip, under the added gratuity, was another line for "additional gratuity". Would they have taxed us for that, too? I know, I know - tax on gratuity is really minimal, but it's the principle of the matter than gets to me.