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tipping on an incorrect bill

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tipping on an incorrect bill

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lrhr | | Sep 5, 2006 03:51 PM

I always check my bills. With computerization there are fewer math errors than there used to be--but charging the wrong price, item or number of items does still happen. I cannot help but notice that the error is almost always in favor of the restaurant--though I point out the error either way.

I end up feeling that this is often deliberate --and yet I have continued to tip at my normal rate on these bills. I realize adjusting down runs the risk of punishing the waitstaff for a truly inadvertent error (or one out of their hands entirely) but not adjusting down rewards the guilty (who probably reap higher tips from all those people like my father-in-law who never check a bill).

Thoughts?

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