18% Gratuity Included...Wha???
I traveled to Miami for the first time last week, and every nice restaurant I went to had included a mandatory 18% gratuity to the bill. (This was dinner for 2, not a large party.)
First off, I don't really care, the service was fine, and I normally tip 20%, so it's not like I wouldn't have paid it.
But...It struck me as REALLY weird. No other city does this. I had to actually ask the waiter that I interpreted the bill correctly.
So, my question is, what is it about Miami that you include an gratuity on a normal tab?
If you think that's bad you'll love this... Was just at the golf tournament at Doral yesterday. We had lunch at the outdoor cafe. The lunch was buffet style so the only service was for your drinks.
Lunch wasn't great, but that's fine I knew what to expect going in. However when the bill comes there was an added gratuity of 24%!!!
I'm a consistent 20% or better tipper, but a 24% included tip on a buffet... Sheesh.
Europeans are not horrible tippers except when visiting the US. In other parts of the world servers are frequently paid more than $4 something an hour and are not expected to make up their earnings with ridiculous 20% tips from the diner. In most of Europe you just leave a few coins, and in the UK it's 10-12%. The culture is different and they don't know when they visit the US that they're expected to up the menu price by not only state tax but also by 18-20%.