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Tipping in Nightclubs: Include Cover Charge?

Old May 19th, 2004, 07:27 AM
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Tipping in Nightclubs: Include Cover Charge?

Do you tip on a cover charge?

Last night I went to a club where the bill was $169 ($60 for cover charge, $100 for food and drink, and $9 for tax).

I left a $20 tip, assuming it was a 20% tip based on the $100 for food and drink.

When I got home I noticed at the bottom of my receipt a ?Tip Assist? which stated that a 20% would be $33.80. The club had based the computation on the total $169 bill.

Did I under tip?
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Old May 19th, 2004, 08:31 AM
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Not only "No", but "hell no!".

20% on food/beverage before tax is plenty.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 10:56 AM
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Those Tip Assists on receipts figure tips incorrectly. The first time I saw one, I was so surprised that I decided to do the math myself to check it. The receipt suggested 15%,20%, and 25% tips on our meal. All three computations were made to the grand total. Therefore, Tip Assist was suggesting that I should add a tip for the tax! Pretty ridiculous. . .
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Old May 19th, 2004, 10:58 AM
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What a scam. Now I've heard everything. I suggest you give us the name of the club and expose these crooks.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 11:58 AM
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Ellenem, not saying right or wrong, but plenty of people tip on the total, including tax. I guess I don't go to enough clubs to have a feel about tipping on cover charges.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 12:02 PM
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The cover did nothing for you except gain you admittance - no tip is applicable.
 
Old May 19th, 2004, 12:45 PM
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Yes, I understand that plenty of people tip on the total--fine as long as they realize that their "20%" is figured with an added tax, not just the service they received, and therefore may be more like 21% or 22%.
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Old May 19th, 2004, 12:53 PM
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Let's just not overreact and call it a scam and refer to the facility as one filled with crooks!
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Old May 19th, 2004, 01:19 PM
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The club in question is Jazz Alley in Seattle which I attended for a performance by the great 77-year-old Eartha Kitt.

Sitting next to us was a young couple from China who were in town on business. They asked me for advice about the tip. Perhaps they found Tip Assist before I did.

Jazz Alley is a great place which has been in bussiness for many years. I can't see any reason for Tip Assist other than to maximize tips. What would be a better word than "scam" to describe this practice?
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Old May 19th, 2004, 03:26 PM
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The credit card receipts probably calculate it automatically--I would not think this to be an intentional way to "scam" people. It calculates on the entire amount regardless of what type if service it is for.

You tipped a correct amount.
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