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Rounding up absurdity


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Rounding up absurdity

Mookie | Jul 16, 2008 10:39 PM

I recently went to Vinyl & ordered a wrap to go. The check I was given was for $12.87, I gave the waiter $15.00 & was given back $2.00. As I waited for the wrap I thought this could be an oversight or it could be the waiter deciding to round up. When my order came I asked & the waiter looked me straight in the eye & said "yes, I rounded up". After a few silent moments of me just staring at him, he comes back with "do you want the thirteen cents?" A challenge? Am I supposed to now be embarrassed to want my own money (no matter how small of an amount) back? I said "no, I don't want the thirteen cents but what I do want is, in the future, for you to ASK the customer if it's okay with them if you round up" He nodded a lot & agreed, but I'm really blown away be this. I'm a native nyer & this is a new one even for me. Does it work the other way around - if I order something for $22.44 can I just pay $22.00, I think not. Of course, it's not about the stupid thirteen cents it's about the customer being informed about pricing - how much & what am I paying for?? I mean, is this what the restaurant industry has come to - is EVERYONE running a scam?? I was actually going to leave a tip! I've worked in the restaurant industry (catering & events) & I know it's a tough road but come on. As I thought more about it, it brings up larger issues - is this something that the restaurant mangement has the waiters doing to line their own pockets or is it the waiter himself? Is that extra money going to the waiter, the restaurant owners, is it divided so that the dishwashers & busboys get a cut? Good grief - I don't want to deal with this nonsense. It just leaves me with less & less of a desire to dine out anymore. Anyone else have a similar experience?

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