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When your server does not give you exact change


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When your server does not give you exact change

Klary | | May 6, 2011 09:22 PM

So, we're Europeans traveling in the US. It's our 7th trip here and we know that the tipping system is not like ours at home. We generally tip 15 % for regular service, more if service was very good (which it very often is).

So tonight we had a quick dinner at a restaurant - not high end, but not a pub atmosphere either. Service was slow and uninterested. Example: I had a cocktail and after that asked for the winelist, waiter left it at the table but never came back to get my order, I finally ordered it with the hostess (who noticed my looking around the room in search of our waiter) so I could have a glass of wine in time for my main course.

So the bill came and it was 63,50 dollars, now we usually like to leave the amount we want to pay (bill + tip) in cash so we can just get up and leave. But we only had 20 dollar bills so we left 4 of those. Waiter came and picked up the money, did not ask if we wanted anything back, and never returned. So finally we asked him 'can we get the change, please?' and again it took a long time but then what he had put inside the cover was three 5 dollar bills, instead of the exact change.

My husband only told me this when we were walking home. According to husband this is normal because waiter was just 'facilitating' our tipping; I think it's rude. I know it's only 1,50... but I still think it's up to the customer to decide what they want to do with their money! Maybe I needed that dollar for busfare!

Who is right?

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