Do you really CHECK the bill after you finish a meal in the restaurant?

@easy888 (10405)
Australia
April 6, 2007 10:41am CST
I mean do you really check the amount and the items being charged for the meal. Have you had any experience that the amount appear to be higher or lower than it should be? If it is higher, what will you do, if it is lower ,will you just walk away and assume you get a discount from the boss? Will you give tips to the waiter or waitress? How much will you pay ?? In what situaions will you choose not to pay any tips? And will you also fill in the feedback form of the restuarants? Do you think your opinions will be appreciated?
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Generally, I know about how much my bill should be. If it's somewhere in the ballpark of what I expect, I don't look too closely. If it's higher or lower though, I look it over and I'll point out any discrepancies to my waiter/waitress. I have found times when I was charged extra and times when I wasn't charged enough. Either way, I believe honesty is best, so I always tell them. Usually, if it's lower, they just tell me not to worry about it. In that case I base my tip on the amount the bill should be, rather than what it actually says.
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@ironstruck (2299)
• Canada
6 Apr 07
Yes, ever since the day I was overcharged by $8. It is very easy for a busy waitress to make an addition problem or if using a cash register to print out your receipt, they can still punch in the wrong numbers.. Several times I have also found that they will charge you regular price for a meal that is listed "on special." I think it is wise to always check your bill in restaurant just as you would anywhere else.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
8 dollar is pretty much, how much is your meal?? May be it is better for us to go to the fastfood stores, we pay and then we get the food ,we do not need to check the bill then..
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@kas2ri (149)
• Malaysia
19 Apr 07
I`ll check on my meal bills sometimes only, just when the cost is i think very expensive equal to the meal i have taken.For your sharing knowledge the price of meals at my country not really expensive. for example rice+meat+vegetable+drinks just about RM5.00 = +-USD1.50.his price for valid either at normal restaurant or stall. but for exclusive restaurant for sure it will be different.So, how about you guys?
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
but if you always being charged wrongly ,the amount will be pretty much.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I check the bill when we go out to eat occasionally. It all depends where we eat and how many side orders we buy. I have noticed sometimes the bill is higher than it should be and I have also noticed that bill is somehwat lower than what we figured it would be. If it is higher, I will point it out to the waiter or waitress. I will give a tip to the waiters if they do a good job with service to us. I usually tip them $1.00 per person at our table. I won't give any tips to a bad or rude waiter or waitress. sometimes I fill out the form for feedbackif I really like a waiter or dislike the service rendered. Sometimes I get bored while waiting to be served my food and I will fill them out also.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I see from your profile that you are in the US. If you're only leaving $1 per person, you are usually leaving an extremely low tip for your waiters. The standard here is 15-20%. If you and one other person go out to eat, and the bill comes to roughly $20 and you leave $2 you are only leaving a 10% tip. Most waiters would assume you were not happy with the service.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
True, there is no point to give tips for poor service.... I will never fill in the form as I will leave the restaurant after I finish the meal..I am too lazy to fill that in.lol
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@diablouk (600)
6 Apr 07
I always check the bill to make sure I am not being overcharged or charged for items I did not have. I also check the bill to see if a service charge is or is not included. I do object to a restaurant charging a service charge automatically - if the service is bad, why would I want to pay extra for it. I will often remove the service charge before paying a bill. It is MY choice to pay for good service and I would rather tip my waiter personally and directly
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
True, there may always be some hidden costs which we may miss out if we do not check it carefully. I think some of the restuarants ahve already include the service charge in the bills ,so you have to pay for the extra service charge anyway..
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@laltu86 (1253)
• India
17 Apr 07
Ya truely its dangerous for the purse if we dont.LOL.
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@ElicBxn (60829)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I look at the amount, because I've got an idea how much a meal should run & if it is much higher, or lower than I'm expecting, I'll check more closely. I don't normally actually add up the whole thing if it is well with in the range I expect. I've called the waiter back over to correct in both directions - once it was so far off, a totally wrong bill that they waved the whole thing - & it was a VERY large bill with at least 8 people at dinner. We left the waiter a very nice tip. I give a large tip for good service, I'll leave a short tip for poor service & will leave no tip for really BAD service. I really don't like to not tip so you must understand that the service has to be horrid. I do fill out the feedback forms for various reasons, poor food, great food, great service. I've actually gotten a responce to filling out one these forms so I think they do appreciate them. I had a call back on one form to clarify what I was talking about.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
if you are eating with many people, the bills become bigger, and it is even more important to check the bill more carfully as if one extra item is charged per person,it will be a great difference.
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@racheld (840)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I usually just check the amount, but lately I've been checking each item. My boyfriend and I went to Bennigans one night and we ordered an appetizer, we both got soup and then we had our meal. Well, we never got our soup, our appetizer came two minutes before our meal did and the waiter screwed up everything we asked him for. My boyfriend asked for this glazed sauce that came with his burger, the waiter brought him barbeque sauce. Needless to say when the bill came we were shocked when the soups were on there. I called over the waiter explained how we didn't get our soups and how we weren't going to pay for something we didn't get. He rolled his eyes and then took off the soups. Now, I usually don't leave low tips because my mom and my aunts were all waitresses and they taught me never to tip low. However, the waiter was a complete butthead and so his tip went down. Honestly, I shouldn't have left him anything, but I'm too nice of a person.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
True, if we do not check the bill,we may miss out something and will be overcharged as some bad restuarants may charged you on everything.
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I always check my bill because soemone once took my credit card number after using it in a restaurant so I am now very wary. If it is higher, I let them know, if it is lower I tell them as well. Here in the US gratuity is not included in the bill and I will tip 20% or higher depending on the waitress/waiter. I only once left a penny because the woman was absolutely horrid !! I also gave a woman $50 tip on a $50 check because she wa sgreat and it was her last day at work to become a stay at home mom. I normally do not fill out the forms though as they rarely have a pen available and I don't carry pens out to dinner !!
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
If they have good service, I will be happy to give them tips as well, but I cannot afford 50 dollar tips..haha... May be the restaurants should leave a pen at the cashier so that customes can fill in the form..
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I check the bill real quick. I wouldnt tell them they overcharged on something because I think thats rude. I would just not go back to that restaurant again. I always give a tip. I would fill it out if the service was bad.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
But it is the customer right to pay for something at a correct price,isn'it ? Anyway,if i was overcharged, I will not go back there again..
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@djdeep81 (1061)
6 Apr 07
Yeah i always check my bill. If its lower, then great i'm not complaining. If it is higher then i will check the menu again to make sure. i always put a tip with the bill as well. i have never done a feedback form before at a restaurent.
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• Israel
6 Apr 07
I sure do. There is no telling when they might be wrong or right. I don't usualy encounter mistakes in the bill, unless there was some kind of a problem or a special situation(like I ordered something, and then cancelled, or if I used some kind of a coupon, and the likes). If I was billed higher than I should have been, I do exactly the as if I was billed lower - I ask the waiter to explain to me why. Giving tips is an old custom here, and it is illegal. Employers exploit their employees this way - they make the tips the only wage the waiters get! I don't like this kind of attitude, and I condemn such places. I give tips as it should be - a bonus to the waiter considering the level I enjoy his service. I think it is not so harmful for economy (considering the big thing IRS is doing from it - there are many people that steal much more than a 10-20$ tips, and they don't give a damn about IRS..). If I find a restaurent especialy good or extrememly bad, I would fill in the form, hoping to have some effect or say give my gratitude (depending on the case). I think my opinion would be appreciated - otherwise, why waste so much paper?
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
I always doubt on the usefulness of the feedback form as I always see many forms are left unread in a box, I do not know when will they be read by someone in charge of customer service.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I always look at the bill. I have been able to find misteaks to many times not to. I think it is the restaurants job to bill correctly. I always tip good service in my country but in many countries you dont tip. I dont like to tip bad service and I will let them know.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
17 Apr 07
Of course ,it is their jobs to make sure the bils are corrct, but is is understandable that the y may have some erroes sometimes, therefore, it is also important for a cusotmer to check the amount by themselves
@jay_em93 (99)
• Philippines
17 Apr 07
Yes it's my habit to check my bill everytime i would eat on a restaurant because this has happened to me before and they overcharged me for 100+ when me and my family went out and eat in a restaurant. I usually don't give a tip since i am not that rich. As to filling up feedback forms i only did it once when i was really pissed because they hadn't given me my order for 30 min. i was so hungry and very angry then.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
17 Apr 07
but i think you will never come back to that restuarant anymore, so there is no need to fill that in in fact..lol.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
16 Apr 07
yes, we always check. a couple times we have been charged less than expected, when we bring it to the attention of the cashier, they have said that it was because our one child ate free that day. yay! once not too long ago we were charged $8 too much and they took care of it, but did not offer any sort of condolence. We generally tip 15% if the service was good. if not we adjust accordingly. I think it stinks that now a days the servers have to split the tips amongst each other. I mean, if my server is horrible, the rest of the servers that are good suffer for it. same if my server was great, the other servers get rewarded for it. doesn't seem quite right.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I like honesty and you sound like good people. It is the best way to be. In all things.
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@denden (803)
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
I do really check the amount and the items being charged for the meal because sometimes the cashier tend to have a mistake calculating the bills.I have experience that the cashier miscalculate the amount and the amount appear on the receipt is better high and i immediately complain it to the cashier and they clear it.Sometimes i do give tips depending to their service they give.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
9 Apr 07
Fair enough. I understand they are busy sometimes..everyone will have mistakes,as long as they appologize ,it is ok.
• India
17 Apr 07
Checking of the bill is compulsary.We just can't pay what ever is written on the bill.The situations that the bill is higher than it should be happened a several times.Then i woukd just walk to the cashier and let him correct it....hardly would the bill be lower than it's actual value. Tips to the waiters are common and we would give him a max of Rs 10..approx 20c. Opinions are meant to be read and need not be accepted..so i would write i would like it to be....accepting is left to them
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• Philippines
7 Apr 07
yes i do check it and the price really increases since it has lots of taxes, service charges on it. sometime its irritating to give tips to waitress because of the service charge.
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• Philippines
7 Apr 07
i do check the bill after a meal in the restaurant just to be sure they didnt charge me anything i didnt order. on whether or not i wouldcomplain if i've been under charged, it would depend on the kind of service i had. but i'd definitely complain if id been overcharged even if the service was good :)
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• Philippines
7 Apr 07
I always check my bill especially if I'm eating out with my family. I make sure that everything on the bill is what we have ordered. I do leave tips to waiters/waitress who knows how to treat their customers right. $3 i think is enough or if ever we made so many orders $5 will do. Signing feedback forms is not my thing. I'd rather talk personally to the manager and tell him/her what is supposed to be improved in their service or the place itself.
@gloria777 (1678)
• India
7 Apr 07
Yes, I always check the bill thoroughly. I always pay 10% of the bill as tips to the waiter.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I've already been charged for a meal I didn't get. We went to a restaurant and I had ordered a platter, the waitress came back shortly and told me that particular platter wasn't available. I then ordered something else. When we got the check, they had charged us for the first meal that I hadn't recieved and the second meal that I ate. We complained to management and they gave us both meals for free, which was ok, since the food wasn't that good and certainly wasn't worth the price. Needless to say, we never went back there. As far as tipping, it depends on the service. I have had terrible service where I didn't leave anything. If a waitress or waiter, is friendly and helpful I leave them a good tip. They were hard and that is considered part of their pay, they don't make much of an hourly wage. I don't quite agree with that concept. I think the restaurant owners should pay a decent wage, they charge high amounts for their meals and then we as customers have to tip on top of it.
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