Two New Charges Surface in Vegas Restaurants
February 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM
The other month we, and several other diners in Vegas, were in an uproar over the
ridiculous unusual water fee at the Border Grill restaurant inside the Mandalay Bay. But, now we've discovered two more ridiculous unusual fees when dining out in Vegas, both of which affects the final number on your bill.
A VegasChatter reader tipped us off to the 21 percent gratuity added to parties of six or more at Jose Andres' China Poblano inside the Cosmopolitan. Now, normally, gratuity is 18 percent, but what's really unusual about the China Poblano gratuity is the breakdown.
Our reader found out that 18 percent of the tip goes to the staff, but the extra three percent goes directly to the restaurant for "training and incentives." It's not exactly a diabolical move yet we don't think we've ever heard of this before. And, considering that China Poblano is a casual dining restaurant, why the need for 21 over 18 percent? Tsk, tsk.
Meanwhile, downtown at Le Thai, 702becca noticed on her receipt that the restaurant charged a "rounding adjustment".
It was just two cents from 18.38 to 18.40 but seriously, WTF? Why does the restaurant get to dictate a rounding adjustment?
Of course, there are plenty of restaurants in Vegas that still charge only 18 percent gratuity for groups of six or more and many, many, many more are not in the practice of rounding up your bill, but these new "trends" still sting, and not just in our wallets, either. Come on Vegas, do you want us to eat in your restaurants or not?
Seen an outrageous fee your tab in Vegas? Tell us what and where in comments below!