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Nov 30, 2006 06:12 PM

I have a 20% off coupon to use at a nice restaurant...BUT...?

13 of us are going to a holiday dinner at a nice restaurant in a few weeks. in our local paper i found a coupon for 20% off dinner here with the only restrictions being no booze of course, and you cant use it with a "diners club" card. well, at first i thought to myself "great, we will use it next week" but then i started thinking and for 13 people thats going to be at least $500-$600 of food and thats an awfully big discount....which is great for us, but bad for restaurant. i know they wouldnt print the coupon if they didnt want people NOT to use it, but to use it so "big" like this, is that rude? am i being crazy? tell me your thoughts!

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  1. I don't think it's rude, but you could always call ahead. I bet if you did, somehow the prices would go up..........

    1. It may be that they will limit the discount to the person bearing the coupon.

      1. A coupon is a contract. They have to honor it, unless there's some dollar limit to the discount stated on the coupon. You are throwing them a ton of business, so don't feel bad. It's not rude to use it, and you aren't crazy (at least based on your post!). They made the offer, you are taking them up on it. I don't see the problem. Just make sure to tip based on the pre-discounted amount.

        1. I they had 6 tables of two and one solo diner instead of 13 of you at one table, they'd still be giving the same discount if they all had the coupon. Use it and don't worry about it.

          1. It's not rude to use it, but you'd be crazy not to call beforehand. Stated limitations and litigiousness aside, if they didn't intend it to be used like this, it will create some kind of scene that can hardly contribute to a pleasant holiday dining experience.

            And as for legalese anyway, if it says something like "terms and conditions" apply, they can legally do anything they want, whether they spell it all out or not (as long as it's not discriminatory, etc, of course.).