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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.

      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. re: hilltowner

          This is correct.

        2. 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...

          2. I'm pretty sure it was at Outback Steak House. I didn't have my glasses with me at the time so a friend filled out the recipt, and didn't mention the additional tip line (which he ignored) until after we left the restaurant.

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            1. re: KaimukiMan

              If it was a truly upscale restaurant, not Outback, I could understand having a way to put in a separate amount and mark it for captain or wine steward, not server.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Always better to put in "0" or cross out than to leave blank.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  I've only ever seen it when the tip amount was already printed. Did he actually have to fill in the tip amount? Maybe he just totaled it when he "filled out the receipt." Two blank lines is just weird.

                2. This is not a glitch-- I was in two different Florida restaurants this week that did the same thing... two blank lines, one for "tip" and one for "additional tip" (neither were chains). I wondered if for large parties (for example) the "tip" would be automatically filled in, and they just didn't have a way of removing the two lines when they do not automatically calculate the "tip"? I thought it was pretty strange too-- now I wish I'd asked.