What happened on Saturday...

@lovebuglena (23783)
Staten Island, New York
November 21, 2020 11:14pm CST
I stopped by my local pharmacy to see if any cereal was on sale. Found something I wanted for $1.88. When the cashier was ringing up the cereal it scanned at 2/$8. Thankfully, I caught that and told the cashier that it is supposed to be $1.88 based on the shelf price. He told me that this sale starts Sunday and that they put up the sale stickers early. Why would they do that? Thankfully, he gave me the cereal for the sale price anyway. I wouldn't have gotten it otherwise. Good thing I noticed. When I got home and took out the mail there was an envelope from Northwell Health. It wasn't anything important so I threw it out. Then I took out my phone, went to FB, and the first thing I saw was an ad for Northwell Health. Coincidence? Something tells me it's not. Freaky. In the evening, hubby and I went to eat at a Peruvian restaurant close by. After we sat down the first thing we told the waitress is that we don't eat pork, shellfish, or crustaceans. And then we ordered our stuff. We ordered tender grilled veal heart skewers with Peruvian corn and slices of golden brown potatoes, sword fish with risotto, a side of yuca fries, mashed yellow potato cake with Peruvian cream and avocado, flan, and two drinks (pisco sour and chicha sour). The food was delicious but there were a few mishaps. Our sword fish dish had shrimp in it. The waitress never mentioned there is shrimp in it when we placed the order. Maybe she didn't know. Either way I guess she didn't tell the chef that we do not eat shrimp and to exclude it from any of the dishes. When the server brought us the dish we told her that we don't eat shrimp. She apologized, took the dish back, and brought us another one. However, I don't know if the chef actually re-did it or if he just simply took out the shrimp and brought us back the same plate. We never got our mashed yellow potato cake and when I asked the waitress about it she went to the kitchen and then came back and said they ran out. It was not a problem as we had enough food but when we got the bill I noticed that we were still charged for it. Good thing I checked the bill before hubby gave them the card. He went to the waitress and told her about it. She apologized and took it off the bill ($12). Hubby came back to the table to sign the credit card receipt and was ready to leave a tip when I took the corrected bill from him to double check things. I noticed that we were automatically charged an 18% tip. That is not supposed to happen. They can't automatically charge any tip. Hubby should've gone back to the waitress to ask her about that but didn't as he was gonna leave at least that much tip anyway. He was actually planning on 20% but we left it at 18%.
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11 responses
@Courtlynn (70081)
• United States
22 Nov
Alot of restaurants now include tip in the bill.
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@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
Really? Not in any places we've been to in NYC. I heard something about some places potentially charging a covid charge or something like that. But that's something different and we never had that in all the time we went out Saturdays.
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@Courtlynn (70081)
• United States
22 Nov
@lovebuglena yeah places ive been to do it. As not everyone likes to tip
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@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
@Courtlynn But tip is not mandatory though. And if you had crappy service you shouldn't have to leave a tip.
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@DaddyEvil (30344)
• United States
22 Nov
Restaurants in my part of the US (Springfield, Mo) automatically add a tip to the bill in a restaurant. I normally pay cash when my daughter and I go out to eat and decide whether or not I'm paying it when I get to the register, depending on the service. I HAVE had the cashier take the tip off or adjust it to the amount I feel the server deserved.
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@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
That is interesting. I've never heard of automatic tip charged unless maybe it was a large party. But I've been to a few Russian restaurants in the past where you were charged a service charge automatically (regardless of how many people dining) and then were asked to leave a tip. Isn't a service charge the same thing as a tip?
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
So they automatically charge you a tip but then you can tell them you don't want to pay that and they take it off?
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@DaddyEvil (30344)
• United States
22 Nov
@ZedSmart (14062)
• Philippines
22 Nov
You we're tricked. Good that you notice it somehow and given you the sale price.
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@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
They should not put up sale tags before the sale actually starts.
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• Indonesia
23 Nov
i really interested but i don't have enough money
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• India
22 Nov
A day spent well
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@LadyDuck (312891)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
Here in Europe the "service" (what you call tip) is always automatically calculated, if you like you can add a small amount cash on the table if you were satisfied.
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
Why is that though? What if you are not satisfied with your service and don't want to leave a tip or want to leave only a small tip?
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@BelleStarr (55810)
• United States
23 Nov
@lovebuglena The tip amount in Europe s a lot lower than what we tip here, the workers are paid better.
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@LadyDuck (312891)
• Switzerland
23 Nov
@BelleStarr The "service" is added on the bill, so the tip is just a little something to appreciate.
@LindaOHio (52237)
• United States
22 Nov
Some restaurants do add a tip. I don't think it's right but...I'm sorry your meal had a few mishaps. I hope you enjoyed it anyway.
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
If a restaurant adds an automatic tip that should be disclosed to the diners right away. And it's not right. We tip based on service so if we had crappy service somewhere why should we give them a high tip?
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@LindaOHio (52237)
• United States
22 Nov
@lovebuglena Exactly.
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• India
22 Nov
That's great. I have experienced this online but they never gave me discount and put that on me most of the time
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
Are you referring to my shopping purchase?
• India
23 Nov
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@moffittjc (91706)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Nov
I always leave at least a 20% tip, so those places that automatically add a 15% or 18% tip are screwing themselves out of extra money I would have given them.
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
24 Nov
Yep. Hubby usually leaves 20% or even more. I tell him to count tip on the amount before tax but I think he tends to count it on the amount with tax added so the tip ends up being more than 20%. That's pretty generous. 20% is more than enough. What I also don't get is why the tip should be higher just because we order something that is more expensive. Say we order a $7 soup, or another time we order a $20 entre, the amount of service remains the same so why should the tip be higher if choose the entre?
@Cheyee (4043)
• Pakanbaru, Indonesia
22 Nov
Doesn't add tip automatically in fine dining a normal thing?
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
Not from what I know. It is usually up to the diner to decide if they wanna leave a tip or not and how much.
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@prinzcy (8828)
• Malaysia
22 Nov
Good thing to notice them all. Need to more alert these days. Haish.
@lovebuglena (23783)
• Staten Island, New York
22 Nov
Definitely. I wonder if the original bill had the tip already included.