Restaurants Prompting 20 Per Cent Tips


TORONTO — According to a report in the Toronto Star, several Toronto restaurants are prompting restaurant goers to tip at least 20 per cent.

Guests at a few restaurants in the city, including The Westerly and The Ace are being prompted to tip 20 per cent on their bills when they pay with debit or credit card.

Handheld terminals are programmed to accept tips as a dollar amount or as a percentage of the bill after tax and customers can change the suggested percentage. A few restos in the city, such as Mildred’s Temple prompt an 18 per cent tip, while Milagro’s prompts 16, 20 and 30 per cent, according to the paper.

“Twenty per cent is average for most tables. We believe it’s a direct result of being truly happy with the service.” says Milagro co-owner Andres Anhalt as quoted by the Star. The restaurant added that the automatic tip prompting has not received any complaints from customers.

While some diners think the practice is presumptuous, others support it commenting that big cities such as New York have adopted the upward shift in tipping a while ago.

For more on the 20 per cent tips at Toronto restaurants, visit Toronto Star.

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