(Closed) Automatic 15% gratuity on food…

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: How do you feel about the automatic 15% gratuity?
    There wasn't one. : (3 votes)
    3 %
    The caterer is working hard to make my day perfect, I don't mind it. : (44 votes)
    47 %
    It's presumptuous, I should decide how I tip. : (34 votes)
    36 %
    Don't care... : (13 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I agree with you, I think it is unfair to add a mandatory gratuity, if you have to pay it’s no longer a tip but part of the full cost of the package and it’s inaccurate to call it gratuity.

    A lot of places do it though, I live in England but have come across it for about 50% of the venues/caterers I’ve looked at. And what really gets me is that a lot of the time they don’t make the extra cost clear but hide it in the small print somewhere.

    You’re right that you’d end up paying a tip anyway but there’s no need to do it this way… 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee

    my gratuity was 20%……. of all the venues i looked at, mandatory gratuity ranged from 18 to 21%. i hate the idea that i don’t get to decide how much to tip. but i guess the venues know that a lot of weddings are on a budget nowadays, so they require mandatory gratuity to avoid people from paying really low or even no tips when the service is good.

    Post # 5
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    1956 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    I think, unfortunately, that’s pretty standard in the catering biz…Don’t forget, the servers aren’t getting paid very much by the hour, so they’re relying on tips and I’m sure if it wasn’t included, people wouldn’t include anywhere near as much or forget to tip altogether, so I understand why it’s built in like that…Still annoying tho!

    Post # 7
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    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I have been to plenty of restaurants where the gratuity was already added to the bill for parties of 5 or more; as why I would expect business to automatically add gratuity for a wedding. I understand wanting the option of adding gratuity to the bill especially if the service was poor, but at weddings I would expect the service to be top notch. I honestly can say I have never been to a wedding where the service was poor.

    Post # 8
    Member
    5755 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Our gratuity was 20% as well and we tipped the servers on top of that. I would have been happy if it was only 15%!

    Post # 9
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Well you shouldn’t feel bad.  Min has an 18% built in and my servers are making $25 an hour on top of that. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    129 posts
    Blushing bee

    To ease your mind, you could always ask the caterer if the 15% does go directly to the servers, or if it’s actually just a service charge.

    Post # 11
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    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Mine was 22% so 15% would have made me happy…its the norm to add in on where I live so I don’t have an issue with it!

    Post # 12
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    2589 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    The restaurant where we’re having our reception charges an 18% gratuity, which is irritating as hell.

    Post # 13
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    2703 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @TingTing: ours was 20% also… tho presumptious, there wasn’t a damn thing we could do about it… it’s the norm… and we’d likely would’ve tipped that much anyway… (as long as there weren’t problems, and there weren’t any! – that i know of!)

    Post # 14
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    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    mine is 20% so 15% is sounding pretty awesome! some places i looked at were as high as 22%. it’s not that i wouldn’t tip these people anyways, but it’s still annoying to me for some reason.

    Post # 15
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    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @7mom:

    I have been to plenty of restaurants where the gratuity was already added to the bill for parties of 5 or more; as why I would expect business to automatically add gratuity for a wedding. I understand wanting the option of adding gratuity to the bill especially if the service was poor, but at weddings I would expect the service to be top notch. I honestly can say I have never been to a wedding where the service was poor.

    This, right here.  We’re getting charged 22% gratuity, plus sales tax.  I used to work for a caterer, it’s very hard work and the waitstaff deserves to be tipped.  Honestly, if you’ve got a problem with having a 15% tip added, something tells me you might not tip in this situation at all, which is quite concerning.

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