Should Gratuities Be Automatically Added To Kids’ Bills
A diner decided that kids will have to pay an automatic 18 percent gratuity but should they?
According to ABC News, a diner in New Jersey has made the decision to charge kids an automatic 18 percent gratuity if they show up there without their parents, or an adult.
According to the report an 11-year-old girl sent her mother a photo of a receipt showing a tip had automatically been added to her bill.
The diner's lawyer claims it's not fair to the servers when 20-30 kids come in at a time, stay there for a while and not leave a tip.
The report also says that the diner's menu states "management reserves the right to add 18 percent gratuity."
Is it right or wrong to force kids into an 18 percent tip, when they don't force adults to tip?
I can understand that the servers still are working just as hard and deserve appropriate compensation for their service. At the same time, I can also understand why it seems aggressive to force kids to pay when they likely showed up knowing the price of the milkshake or whatever they were going to buy and had just enough for it.
I'm not sure where I stand on it, but it is an interesting situation to think about!