This fine establishment went out of their way to be helpful on their bill. See here? They calculated the tip for me! And look, they started at 15%. This must be what our nice waiter was doing when he disappeared all night. So thoughtful.
I rather like when they do this, because I usually over tip out of laziness. It’s just like when you leave your credit card at a bar and then they charge what they feel is an exorbitant penalty tip on the card and its actually much less than I would’ve left.
Yeah, I’m a big tipper too. But there’s something about this that feels cheap -like they’re assuming it’s coming when they’re supposed to act surprised. Hmm…maybe this is how some people feel about bridal registries.
I don’t mind the assumed tip from a sitdown eatery (see reservoir dogs)…it’s the places like subway or chipotle that really tick me off when they put out a tip jar or have a tip line on the credit card receipt. I hate the guilt of not wanting to give someone a dollar for putting 3 tomatos on my sandwich that I’m paying for anyways. I don’t want brands that I interact with to make me feel guilty. I think we need some ad hoc citizens committee on tipping to form and work out some kind of tipping etiquette, updated for the new millenium.
I totally empathise with Kevin’s point about guilt. I resent being made to feel bad about not tipping. Whenever a brand introduces a different tipping schema it throws me and I automatically think they are trying to con me. You could say I am a glass half empty kinda person but I think it is not unlikely that when an unorthodox tipping procedure is introduced that they are doing it for a reason. In this example, they clearly want to guide us into thinking that even if you give an 18% tip you are a tightwad. Grrr.