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How to tell if the restaurant has "servis compris"

Nov 16th, 2002, 12:05 PM
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P.S. Regarding French waiters and service...while I've nearly always been pleased with the service I've had in French restaurants, there very well may be a different attitude when it comes to service among the French, vis-a-vis Americans. I still recall a phrase Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon, used when I saw him on the tour for that book. He fielded many questions about differences in American and French culture, and, in regard to one of these questions, he replied with something like: "Unlike Americans, the French do not consider obsequiousness to be a virtue."
 
Nov 16th, 2002, 01:40 PM
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SERVICE compris
SERVICE non compris

John cannot even spell this correctly so why would he be an expert on French law?
 
Nov 16th, 2002, 01:57 PM
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F.Y.I. ... Interesting Q & A -- including a brief background -- about the 15% at this website:

http://thinkparis.com/guides/Q_A/que...286&Type=Legal
 
Nov 16th, 2002, 02:15 PM
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Just think this way....assume service is included. If you have made an error and ended up stiffing the waiter, oh well, chances are you won't be dining there again anyway so what difference does it make....
 
Nov 17th, 2002, 06:32 AM
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After reading Capo's link, I am even more confused.

The bottom line, after reading this thread, is that when in Paris, service and TVA(tax) is included in the price of your meal, and if you get exceptional service, leave a couple of Euro on the table when you leave. Is this correct?
 
Nov 17th, 2002, 10:11 AM
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Yes
 
Nov 17th, 2002, 11:00 AM
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Confused, my understanding is the same as yours, a 15% service charge is included, by law, in the total price of your meal(s) (even if it is not, as John pointed out, included in the price of each menu item on the bill, which, apparently, is what "service non compris" means.)

Where I'm still puzzled, after reading that Q & A, is whether or not French employers are required, by law, to essentially pass that 15% service charge along to their waiters and waitresses. In the case of the waitress who asked the question, her employer did not and, she said, claimed he was under no obligation to do so. So, if you were dining in a restaurant like that, it seems like your waiter or waitress would not receive any tips whatsoever unless you left them some additional euros.

Anyway, I suspect many tourists are under the impression that "service non compris" means no service charge has been included in the bill at all, when this is apparently not the case, and I don't imagine that waiters and waitresses--who, after all, would love some extra money in their pocket like anyone else--would go too far out of their way to correct this impression.
 
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