The Herald has this story about BarLola, http://bostonherald.com/news/regional... in which a bartender allegedly assaulted a patron who refused to pay a mandatory 18% gratuity on a check over $100. I don't like cheap tippers or bartenders who assault customers -- and as an aside, I've never liked BarLola, where the food always seemed like an afterthought to the liquor sales and the drinks weren't any good either -- but it occurred to me that I've never seen this particular mandatory tipping policy.
Requiring 18-22% on parties of six or more is pretty common, and acceptable in my book if it's clearly specified on the menu. As a former server, I also favor it because larger parties always seem to have one jerk who undertips no matter how good the service is: a party of 8 is often more work for less money than four two-tops.
Has anyone seen this unusual mandatory-tip-based-on-check-amount policy at other restaurants or bars in Greater Boston?