This message is on the NY board. It is a very interesting issue. Some people do not hesitate to ask. Some are embarassed, especialy when out with others. In some cultures it may be rude to ask. I think that restaurants are selling products, and have the same requirements as other retail establishments. You do not have to as the salesperson in nordstrom for the price of the shoes. Does this vary by state?Does anyone have any ideas about changing this practice?