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Cheapskating Around The Issue, Part 2

, , , , , | Right | August 6, 2022

It’s my last day as waitstaff in this restaurant before I start my new dream job. A group of diners comes in and orders from our set-price menu, but as is always the way with such groups, there is one diner who causes a fuss when it’s time to pay the bill.

Customer: “I didn’t drink any of the wine, so don’t charge me for that one. I barely ate my entrée, so I’m not paying for that one, either.”

She then continues to talk to her group.

Customer: “And I am not paying that service charge they force on the bill when we’re ten diners or more! I thought there would be nine of us, but [Other Customer] bought his girlfriend along and now we’re stuck with that charge! Split that between yourselves!”

Me: “Ma’am, the set menu is a standard price regardless of how much of it you ate. But at [price] for three courses, it really is a very reasonable deal.”

Customer: “You’re just saying that to try to make me look cheap!”

Me: “No, ma’am, you’re making you look cheap.”

The customer gaped like a fish for a moment before her group told her to settle down and they figured out the whole bill between them. They even gave me a tip, although I doubt any came from that woman. So glad I could say that on my last day!

Cheapskating Around The Issue

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