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Internet Slams Hotel For ‘Automatically’ Adding ‘Optional’ Tip to Bill

In a post that has gone viral now, a man said they had recently stayed at a hotel that added automatic tips to all breakfast bills.

The man posted on the Reddit forum “Mildly Infurating” under the username u/ddawkins19, a banner photo from the hotel breakfast bar calling the automatic tips “optional” — a word that has bothered many Redditors. The post garnered nearly 9,000 upvotes and more than 600 comments.

According to Toast, a restaurant management software company, automatic tips are set [fees] As determined by the restaurant added to the party bill. “Many restaurants use automatic tips to ensure that their employees are ‘fairly treated’ by customers when it is time to tip.” But as u/ddawkins19’s post proves, not all customers are fans of these perks.

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“Dear guest, please note that an optional 18 percent bonus is automatically added to your bill,” read the tag in the u/ddawkins19 post. “Please let us know if you have any questions. Best wishes!”

In a post that went viral, a man said he recently stayed at a hotel that added automatic tips to all breakfast bills.
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According to u/ddawkins19, the hotel’s breakfast bar was not “self-service”. Instead, guests were ordering food at the counter and “waiting for their food”.

“Some of the items are cooked food (eg: French toast and eggs). But there [are] As well as bananas, small boxes of cereal, packaged drinks, etc.”

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told Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas NEWSWEEK Guests are only required to tip at hotel restaurants if they “see a servant”.

“Some buffets have table service where the server refills a glass of water, tea, or coffee; removes dishes; and offers you a variety of additional table services,” Gottsman said. “In this case, a tip would be appropriate and range from a few dollars to 10 percent of the bill, depending on how much they help. If it’s a self-serving breakfast bar and you go across the line and never see the server, no information is necessary.”

“Consider what’s convenient, or in the case of a buffet where you serve yourself without someone providing table service, you can press a dedicated/no-tip button without feeling guilty,” Gottsman added.

Reddit reacts

sh / ddawkins19 said NEWSWEEK He did not receive table service. Instead, the person working at the desk gave him the cake and cheesecake he had ordered, and “Expect [him] to publish [the cream cheese] Like some public.”

However, he said he had no problem with tipping. In this case, I’m more than shocked that the restaurant has the “daring” to “apply” something that is supposed to be “optional” automatically.

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“So if someone doesn’t want to tip, they should say, ‘Can you remove please [the] Hint? Better not pay it.”

Several Redditors also took issue with the whole situation, calling it “scum.”

“If it’s optional, why is it added automatically?” u/1Sluggo asked.

u/BigPeePeeBourgeoisie replied: “So if you think it’s stupid, you have to be the one telling the person when you pay that you don’t want to tip them. He’s basically trying to trick you into not saying anything about him and tipping, lest you look like an A-hole for the staff . [It’s a] An odd way of dealing with customers.”

u/Dheideri added: “Yes, it’s so optional that you have to ask to have it removed, and then it looks like a cheap bastard.”

NEWSWEEK Case details cannot be verified.

More viral posts

Online commentators were left divided after a diner in Atlanta shared the restaurant’s tip policy which states that customers must stay home if they cannot afford to tip.

A Redditor user went viral after stating that he paid the hotel $75 in “resort fees”.

One customer sparked a viral discussion about “tipping inflation” when he shared a picture of a restaurant bill with a minimum tip of 25 percent.

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