Any other restaurant in Boston doing mandatory tips on checks over a certain amount?
- MC Slim JB Mar 29, 2010 06:37 AM
The Herald has this story about BarLola, http://bostonherald.com/news/regional... in which a bartender allegedly assaulted a patron who refused to pay a mandatory 18% gratuity on a check over $100. I don't like cheap tippers or bartenders who assault customers -- and as an aside, I've never liked BarLola, where the food always seemed like an afterthought to the liquor sales and the drinks weren't any good either -- but it occurred to me that I've never seen this particular mandatory tipping policy.
Requiring 18-22% on parties of six or more is pretty common, and acceptable in my book if it's clearly specified on the menu. As a former server, I also favor it because larger parties always seem to have one jerk who undertips no matter how good the service is: a party of 8 is often more work for less money than four two-tops.
Has anyone seen this unusual mandatory-tip-based-on-check-amount policy at other restaurants or bars in Greater Boston?
I certainly want to know if places are doing this so that I won't frequent them. That said, I had a situation a few years ago at a Hanover St spot that I stopped at for a pizza and salad with a friend. When the bill came their was an 15% gratutity added but it really wasn't clear on the bill what the extra charge was. I questioned it, told the waitress that I had nevered experienced a gratuity added to a bill for 2 people especially since it wasn't stated on the menu. She said she would remove the charge, but my response was don't bother as "you just cheated yourself". I really liked the pizza and would have left well more than the 15%, her loss and I never went back. Way to many other choices in the North End.
I went to a place awhile back in Boston where there was a mandatory tip on everything, including drinks. I ordered one drink and there was a tip added to the amount. Seemed strange to me, but since the person was friendly and efficient, it didn't bug me all that much. If the service had been poor, I definitely would have fought it.
Folks, we've removed some non-local discussion from this thread. Our Not About Food board is the best place to discuss your feelings towards tipping-- feel free to join one of the many discussions already running on that topic.
Please keep your responses here focused on answering the original question: "Has anyone seen this unusual mandatory-tip-based-on-check-amount policy at other restaurants or bars in Greater Boston? "
All the places I worked gave the server/bartender the option for parties of 6 or more to add a tip to the total of the entire check before presenting it to the table. Too many times servers/bartenders get stiffed on tips after working twice as hard for a big party...