Submitted By Simon Hardy Butler, August 31, 2017
If you’re like me and dread the process of adding up the tip at the end of a meal, you kind of dig when a restaurant gives you a check where the tip is already included. You don’t like, however, when that same check features space to add a little bit “extry.”
Face it: We’re living in an age where we overdo everything. We overdo parties. We overdo vacations. We overdo weddings. And now: We’re overdoing tips.
For the love of all that is delicious, can we please just feature space for one gratuity and be done with it?
I experienced this kind of bill recently at an eatery that shouldn’t have been engaging this kind of practice, and I have to say, I was quite chagrined. I can only hope that it doesn’t become widespread. The whole point of including the service in a check is to save everyone a lot of aggravation. Adding space for an additional gratuity just seems, well, gauche. It’s like asking your friend for 20 bucks, and then, after he gives it to you, telling him: “Because I’m such a nice guy, you can give me a little more.”
People, the universe doesn’t work this way. In the world of dining out, what you deserve is what you should get. If the restaurants want to make that determination for themselves, so be it. But they shouldn’t be pushing it on the customer. That just rubs people the wrong way. It rubbed me the wrong way.
Let’s put this silly practice to bed, shall we?
I ask restaurateurs in and about New York City to consider this option. It would make diners a lot happier. We’re already a tough-to-please lot. Does it make sense to make us tougher? Businesses should seek to provide the best possible service to its clients. Eateries are no exception. Providing the opportunity to supply an additional gratuity after a service-included meal just feels needy and obnoxious. Either let us have a say in what we should pay extra or do it yourself. Nothing further should be implemented.
Unless you want us to give you a check instead. And tip the tipper.
In this age of overdoing stuff, maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.