by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, April 21, 2017, 13:45 (877 days ago) @ frostbite

Please be so kind as to point out to us exactly WHO is telling you how much to tip. Adding a 10% tip to the bill is because most customers are poor tippers and the wait staff deserves to be compensated for their services. It is NOT telling you how much to tip. You are free to have the tip removed from the bill, to leave it as it is, or to add to it. This was standard practice at many luxury resorts where I worked around 40 years ago. Never heard a customer complain. Nothing has changed since then in the restaurant business.

The restaurant tells you how much to pay for the food and, in the case of an added percentage for a tip, it's telling you how much to tip. Neither one has ever struck me as a suggestion.
Even if I hadn't ever worked in the food business, I'd be - and am - in favor of everybody being properly compensated for their labor. In spite of the silly assumption of that other poster, I always tip 20% and, in the case of particularly good service, I tip more. With the exception of bills for larger groups, I have never seen added tips on bills until fairly recently and when I did, the fact was posted on the menu. I have never witnessed this being done in Mexico, just in the western States, where I live. Policies might certainly be different in the Midwest, East or South.

Geeze. I found the problem. It's you ASSuming the restaurant is telling you that you must pay the 10% tip added to the bill because you've apparently had little experience with restaurants doing so. Never ASSume, amigo. The practice is used here because there has been a growing and historical problem with too many folks not leaving any tip or leaving woefully insufficient tips. Not sure why this remains a problem for you now that it's been explained to you in detail.

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