Change from a Gift Cert.
- danna May 12, 2009 06:43 AM
Your opinion, please on this scenario:
$100 gift certificate (written on paper, not a card), bill is $92.xx Cheapest entree in the house is apprx. $23. Would you expect change? What would your thoughts be if you were presented w/ a $7.xx gift certificate? What do most restaurants do? Thanks.
ha - yes, you are correct. I took the "xx" to mean zeroes, like one would when writing a check. Or perhaps I'm dating myself?? As for the OP, I supposed varying state laws apply here as to when the business is required to offer change and not just another gift cert/card. I know when Wms-Sonoma recently handed me back my gift card with the whopping amount of $2.09 on it, I cracked up.
With a paper certificate, I have gotten back $$$ before and other times have gotten back another paper certificate for change. Of course cash is better, but I don't mind the paper certificate.
Think in most instances whether it's a restaurant or a store you're going to get a credit and not cash.
You should have gone over the limit of the gift certificate and shelled out the balance. Otherwise you've got a $7 credit to use or not.
I've come to hate gift certificates and gift cards because of the BS.
Cash is King !!!
As a retailer, my store's policy is to return cash if $10 or less.
However, these policies vary widely and the resto can certainly return "gift credit" if it chooses.
There are two catches though: 1) be careful of any expiration dates and 2) if you didn't enjoy the place and would not return you are out of luck.
Always best to clarify policy before chowing down.
I have a couple gift cards with LESS than $1 on them because they "aren't allowed" to give me change. :(
this is a pet peeve.
you should have gotten change.