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Drink Refills

chowmensch | Nov 19, 201312:37 PM

At the risk of sounding like Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm... I entertain a lot of people at a restaurant near where my workplace is. This is a fairly high end restaurant (not Per Se or Daniel but not someplace on DDD either). I'm there a great deal and the owners and staff know me and I typically get excellent service and food there. About a month ago, a new waitress began working there. She is pleasant and generally seems to be professional and hard working. I began to notice, however, that she charges for each ice tea refill at our table. She also seems to push the refills as in...."do any of you need refills?" While the menu does not specifically say "free refills" or "bottomless ice teas", no other server there has ever charged me for refills. Today when the bill came I noticed 6 ice teas at $3 each for a total of $18. I asked her about it, saying that no other server there does that. She quickly said she would remove the refills from the bill. By the way, I wouldn't have asked her about soda or sparkling water refills. I understand that you should pay for each round of those beverages. Ice tea just seems to me to be in a different category. Was I a jerk or was I right to confront her about this?

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