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20-01-2020, 20:08   #1
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Buy a sandwich - service charge suggested

I bought food the other day at a railway station coffee outlet and as usual, paid by card (not sure if I'm allowed to mention the outlet). This time the transaction came up on a screen and asked me to choose 'yes' or 'no' to agreeing to pay 5% service charge.

All the assistant had to do was to scan the item and process the transaction. The item cost €5.70 and 5% of this would be 28.5 cents, which would be rounded up to 29 cents.

Very annoying!
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20-01-2020, 20:48   #2
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Name away, its not illegal - just extremely odd.

I've never seen that behaviour outside of the US; and indeed a railway station place even having the tips function on a card reader would be extremely rare - there's a Michelin Guide (not starred) restaurant near me that doesn't have it!
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It's the one in Dun Laoghaire
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23-01-2020, 23:54   #4
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It's the one in Dun Laoghaire
Just hit No. There seems to be an on going effort to normalise tipping in Ireland in the same way as US and Canada.

I don't like tipping culture anywhere but at least in North America, there is a historical and social context as well as an expectation of superior service.

None of the above applies in Ireland, UK or Europe in general.

Just say No.

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To be fair the min wage in Ireland is very different to the situation in America.
In any way how does handing someone a sambo, possibly prepacked warrant a tip?
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26-01-2020, 20:06   #6
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Dont mind tipping if Ive had good service but hate being put under pressure to do so. Getting a sense some employers are trying to encourage a tipping culture as for them it as a way of subsidising the already low wages that are being paid to the staff. Would also question how much of the 5% is actually going to end up in the staffs hands.
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