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Aug 6, 2011 07:03 PM

Im sorry, but I have a tipping question. "Additional Tip?"

Was at a chain restaurant where the bill came back with a line for a tip and a line for an additional tip. Ummm.... I don't get it. Maybe companies will allow a certain amount on a expense account or...? Can someone explain this to me? Did I miss a thread about this somewhere?

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  1. First I've heard of it!

    1. Never seen this either... what restaurant was it?
      Your thought of the expense account makes sense, but the concept of "additional tip" is a little strange.

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        1. All I can think of is that the autograt for large parties is put into the tip line, and there is an additional line for those who wish to tip more. This makes sense, as I think about it because chains would have much more stringent accounting than smaller restaurants. And, yes, many people do opt to tip more than the standard included tip for large parties.

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          1. I haven't seen this either, but could it be that the "additional tip" is for the bartender?

            Though the possibility of adding a tip to a pre-calculated tip for large parties makes sense to me, too.

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            1. re: guilty

              It sounds like both lines were still blank, to be filled in by the cardholder. I don't think many people would find it puzzling to see an "additional tip" line after the autograt. The OP's situation appears to be different.

              The credit card software can be configured to print out whatever the restaurant wants (I mean, they get to choose exactly which extra lines to include). To me, this looks like a glitch in that particular restaurant's software, and I doubt that it was intentional, much less a chain-wide policy or a new, industry-wide trend that we now get to rant about.

              If only we knew which location of which chain we were talking about...