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Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? #41872
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Can someone please clarify for me? If a restaurant adds a 15% service charge, as I've heard here many do, are you still expected to tip?

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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: arink] #41873
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..doesn't matter what they EXPECT, as far as I'm concerned, if there is a 15% addition to the bill, that's all they get from me.


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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: Carol_Hill] #41874
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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: pat] #41875
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Us too, if it is in fact good service, we tip higher than 15% usually. Auto tip results in poorer service, in almost all cases.


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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: Carol_Hill] #41876
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This whole tipping thing has gotten out of hand especially in the USA. I would rather pay more from the start and have the business owner pay a fair wage. If the worker doesn't perform or customers complain about service the worker could loose it's job. How simple would that be. Just my 2 cents.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: SXMScubaman] #41877
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Thanks all. My husband is a notorious over-tipper. For a really great meal and service, he'll often leave 25%. What a way to shoot yourself in the foot.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: arink] #41878
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On the French side, the service is included in the menu price, unless the MENU specifically states otherwise (service non compris). No additional tip is required, but you may leave a small amount in cash if you felt the service was excellent. On the Dutch side, if there's a service charge added, that's the tip.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: Carol_Hill] #41879
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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: arink] #41880
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...and "service charge" of 15% is the same as a "tax" of 15%...it's the tip

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: SXMScubaman] #41881
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This whole tipping thing has gotten out of hand especially in the USA. I would rather pay more from the start and have the business owner pay a fair wage. If the worker doesn't perform or customers complain about service the worker could loose it's job. How simple would that be. Just my 2 cents.


Its not that simple to just fire someone. You could get hit with an unemployment claim which drives up your Unemployment Insurance rates and leads to higher costs.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: GaKaye] #41882
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On the French side, the service is included in the menu price, unless the MENU specifically states otherwise (service non compris). No additional tip is required, but you may leave a small amount in cash if you felt the service was excellent. On the Dutch side, if there's a service charge added, that's the tip.


We're still talking about this, huh? But you've given the most succinct explanation: kudos!
That should make it clear for everyone (and don't bother asking the server).

BTW, you mention "unless the menu specifically states 'service non compris' .... once, at Sol e Luna, the check clearly stated prix nets (service compris). My companions that evening were (like us) good tippers and had been going there for years and become friendly with the owners.
The owner/daughter didn't realize that I speak French and when I mentioned to her that the tip was included, she replied "Oh, no, that's just how the check is printed". What??? She obviously was accustomed to my companions overtipping on the already included tip. Last time I went there.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: wilsonck] #41883
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What makes you think there is unemployment insurance in SXM? In the US, tipping works, generally very good service or they won't be in business long. SXMscuba, servers wages have always been lower then minimum wage. Raising the tipped employee minimum wage would increase menu prices 25+%. a tough pill to swallow for some, and then you would still tip

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: ProfLangue] #41884
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We once received a check with "service not included" rubber-stamped on the check. I was livid, but rather than make a scene, we just paid the check and left no additional tip. Sadly, had that not been on our check we probably would have left a small pour boire for our server. We also have not returned to that restaurant.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: sail2wind] #41885
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What makes you think there is unemployment insurance in SXM? In the US, tipping works, generally very good service or they won't be in business long. SXMscuba, servers wages have always been lower then minimum wage. Raising the tipped employee minimum wage would increase menu prices 25+%. a tough pill to swallow for some, and then you would still tip

Reread my post. I'm saying do away with tipping all together and pay all employees a fair living wage. Again, if they do not perform to the employers liking, replace them. Pretty simple.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: GaKaye] #41886
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So, if I'm reading this right, if you dine on the French side, you should just leave a few bucks if it was good service and call it a meal? Do the servers get ticked off when they think an American big tipper doesn't? Are they so conditioned to expect a tip out of N. American clients? Or do they go about their business as they would in Europe?

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: joeandholls] #41887
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If the North Americans train them to be ticked off on the French side for North Americans not giving more, then they will be.

Normally it just ticks me off for them trying to take advantage of me.

And for those from North America for some reason think they have to leave a humongous tip, it just makes it harder for the wait staff to understand why I didn't. I don't like to feel like I am being screwed, I don't like being screwed and I don't like to being put in this kind of situation while I am on vacation. My vacation time is a precious happy time for me and I am not going to spend my vacation time second guessing on tips. If in doubt I don't leave any. It is up to the food establishment to make me feel comfortable while I spend my dollars at their place.

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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: joeandholls] #41888
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I've never had a server get ticked off when I didn't leave an American-style tip. But yes, many times they do expect it, because so many Americans don't understand the tipping system in France, and tip as they would in the US. That's why you don't ask if the tip is included, as they will say no. And technically, that is true, as service and tip are two different things in France. The tip is that dollar or two you'll leave in cash. The service is included in the menu price.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: GaKaye] #41889
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It was probably rubber stamped because they charge some (Americans, who are accustomed to tipping well) but not others (French). We had this happen at the former Le Frigate in Oyster Pond. Big red letters: TIP NOT INCLUDED. Followed by 2 handwritten !!. A young French couple that was staying at the same place as we overheard my questioning it, and said that they weren't charged. That's why we avoid places that do this. As previously stated, 15% added to the price you expected to pay is a tip. Le Frigate's explanation of the 15%: "That's so we can sweep the floor and change the table cloth".


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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: Biturbo] #41890
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Sail2Wind, as someone who spent all my early years in the food service business, and was taught to tip generously, but also as someone who's been to parts of the world where tipping is not the norm, I've got to say that the USA's tipping system does NOT work. Try living on the less than minimum wages that many servers have to live on because tips are assumed. And to boot, taxes are paid on assumed tips that sometimes don't show up. The USA needs to raise its minimum wage for all employees, especially those subject to the Federal $2.30 an hour that tipped employees get in many states. The cost of my being served at a restaurant should be part of the price I see and then pay on the menu. If you want to add sales tax to that, fine, but that needs to be printed on the menu as well. Personally I like what I saw in Australia, the menu price was it, totally it, food, service and tax. A small tip could be left for exceptional service, that waiter that made you smile, that waiter that changes an order after you ordered something you don't like, etc. But nothing extra should be expected for someone who performs his basic job, other than the wage his/her employer pays. And that should be paid out of the price on the menu. It's not my job to make the waitstaff happy, it's the employer's job to keep his staff happy, so that they keep the customers happy. And good STABLE, not based on the whim of the night's customers, will do that.


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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: wilsonck] #41891
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This whole tipping thing has gotten out of hand especially in the USA. I would rather pay more from the start and have the business owner pay a fair wage. If the worker doesn't perform or customers complain about service the worker could loose it's job. How simple would that be. Just my 2 cents.


Its not that simple to just fire someone. You could get hit with an unemployment claim which drives up your Unemployment Insurance rates and leads to higher costs.



Sorry SXMscuba, Wilson made the unemployment statement. As far as firing someone, it's very easy in Colorado, it's a right to work state. One written warning and then termination.

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helpful post....that's how I will approach it.....as if I'm in France, a few bucks for good service, and that's it. They will have to screw with someone else.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: arink] #41893
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We've beaten this one to death.
I think most of us don't like the idea of 15% being imposed upon us as restaurant patrons. Most of us are generous (or at least fair) tippers when the food and service are very good. The problem arises when it is not. Most of us will not cause an awkward scene with restaurant management but will simply not return nor recommend the restaurant to others. I think this is still the most effective course of action.

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What makes you think there is unemployment insurance in SXM?


The current system in Sint Maarten is called Cessantia, which is a one time payment based on length of service. However, they are considering a unemployment benefit system which would have premiums fully paid by the employer and pay the employee 70% of their past years salary. It is very hard to fire a permanent employee in Sint Maarten. Some employers use labor contracts to get around the rules. But the courts still find the employers liable and they are forced to pay back pay.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: mscottc] #41895
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mscottc said: Personally I like what I saw in Australia, the menu price was it, totally it, food, service and tax.


According to our Australian relatives, wait staff in Australia make well over $20/hour! When they're here every year they have to re-adjust to American tipping practices!

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: wilsonck] #41896
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Thanks for the info on the unemployment insurance. Didn't know that, but I sure knew that it is almost impossible to fire an employee in SXM.


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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: SXMWendell] #41897
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If the North Americans train them to be ticked off on the French side for North Americans not giving more, then they will be.

Normally it just ticks me off for them trying to take advantage of me.

And for those from North America for some reason think they have to leave a humongous tip, it just makes it harder for the wait staff to understand why I didn't. I don't like to feel like I am being screwed, I don't like being screwed and I don't like to being put in this kind of situation while I am on vacation. My vacation time is a precious happy time for me and I am not going to spend my vacation time second guessing on tips. If in doubt I don't leave any. It is up to the food establishment to make me feel comfortable while I spend my dollars at their place.

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Well said Wendell. Couple of years ago 4 of us ate at Greenhouse in P'Burg. The service was atrocious! We left no tip. The waitress ran after us to parking lot yelling obscenities at us "cheap B-tards" I turned, said the establishment had gotten the 15 % added and in my opinion should not have gotten it. I suggested we go to the owner and plead our cases. She stormed off. Needless to say we have not returned to Greenhouse.

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I thought the Greenhouse was one of the restaurants that do not add the 15%. We usually stop there for appetizers and Happy Hour 2/1 drinks and I thought that they actually have a note in the menu that states that there is no 15% add on.

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We have eaten at the Greenhouse in Phillipsburg many times. Have always had good service and no SC on our bill.

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Every time we'd eaten there in the past (going back prior to the last 3 years, there had been the 15% charge. Possibly, they have removed it?

Also back in 1980 at the old Sonesta (pre fire) at the table next to us a man was screaming insisting he wanted the 15% charge taken off bill because service was terrible. So some places have added it for years.

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Bad service doesn't deserve a tip.


The 1st time we ate at L'Estiminet in Grand Case with another couple, the other male in our party didn't want to leave any extra because of the tip included. I didn't remember seeing anything on the menu saying it was or it wasn't. Next day hubby & I drove by the restaurant saw Carol outside so we stopped and I offered her money saying we failed to express how great her service was to us the evening before. She was so humble about it. Nice lady, great service! That's when you don't mind tipping!

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On the French side, if the menu is silent to the fact, then the service is included. However, we have never had service on the French side that didn't warrant an additional tip, especially at L'Estaminet.

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Wendle has nailed it with his thoughts!

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The bottom line is if you order something for $20, service included or not, that's the price you agreed on. If the establishment charges you $23 for the same item, then they're just plain taking advantage of you. If everyone avoided those places that do, and they know the reason why, they'd stop this practice. Dine somewhere else, and enjoy your vacation.


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Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: GaKaye] #41905
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We once received a check with "service not included" rubber-stamped on the check. I was livid, but rather than make a scene, we just paid the check and left no additional tip. Sadly, had that not been on our check we probably would have left a small pour boire for our server. We also have not returned to that restaurant.


But, GaKaye, the incident at Sol e Luna to which I referred had Prix Nets (Service Compris) actually printed on the check. Clearly the tip WAS included, but the daughter/owner tired to convince me that this was not so - because our dinner companions often dined there, didn't understand French, and always tipped over 20% on top of the already tip included total. That infuriated me. Our friends still wanted to tip, so I agreed - and decided to never return.

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The confusion is that you are calling it a tip to the waitress. In the waitresses mind "tip" was not included but service was. You asked about "tip" not service. Had you asked about service being included the answer probably would have been yes.

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I did understand that your incident was the opposite; it just reminded me of my experience.

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The confusion is that you are calling it a tip to the waitress. In the waitresses mind "tip" was not included but service was. You asked about "tip" not service. Had you asked about service being included the answer probably would have been yes.


Not to belabor the point ... and I promise to end the discussion here <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" />, but your assumption is incorrect ... our conversation was in French, so the word "tip" was not used (in either language).

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: ProfLangue] #41909
02/26/2015 09:58 AM
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SXMScubaman said:
The confusion is that you are calling it a tip to the waitress. In the waitresses mind "tip" was not included but service was. You asked about "tip" not service. Had you asked about service being included the answer probably would have been yes.


Not to belabor the point ... and I promise to end the discussion here <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" />, but your assumption is incorrect ... our conversation was in French, so the word "tip" was not used (in either language).

Her insistence was that the "printer" added the "service compris", but that the service was not included <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/duh.gif" alt="" />

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: ProfLangue] #41910
02/26/2015 10:23 AM
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Last year, something unique to Sol & Luna happened to us for our Valentine's Day dinner there. Our CC was charged 20% more than the amount of the check. When I discovered it while checking my CC transactions online, I emailed the owner who replied to me that it was his bank who was charging 20% more, not them, that it was temporary and that I should be credited of the difference in a few days. It sounded very strange to me that a bank would do that. I called my CC Company and indeed they refunded me of the difference without any difficulty. I wonder what would have happened if I didn't notice the discrepancy.
No other SXM restaurant ever charged me more than the amount of the signed CC receipt, not even temporarily so this was a very unpleasant discovery.
I will add that I left a small "pourboire" of $5 in cash on the table, knowing that service was included. Who knows if they didn't decide to "pad the bill" since my tip was small.

Re: Service charges at restaurants. Please clarify? [Re: plequerre] #41911
02/26/2015 10:31 AM
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I thought it was by law that the service is included on the French side. I sometimes get the feeling that only Americans get the "no service included" on their checks in some establishments. The French tourists know better. I feel betrayed when I see that on my check on the French side.

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