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gratuity on wine corkage?

.lmk. | Oct 19, 2007 12:59 PM

I'd like to hear any thoughts on this subject.

I'm a server in (maybe arguably?) one the best restaurants in the somewhat small town I live in. I recently waited on a party of 14 who told us when making the reservation that they would be bringing their own wine. We let them know our corkage fee is $15 a bottle. When they came in, it turned out to be a CASE of mixed bottles of wine. Chardonnay, Cab, Merlot -- none of which were expensive (think trader joes). No other drinks were ordered from the party.
When the (seperate per couple) checks came with an 18% gratuity added to each bill (as listed on the menu for parties of 6 or more) the person who asked the corkage be put on his bill didn't seem to understand why a gratuity was added onto the wine as well. He thought the price of $15 a bottle should somehow include my services as well as compensation towards the restaurant.
Thoughts?

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