You may not have even noticed, but The New York Post—ever the voice of the people—reports that the practice of rounding up bills is not uncommon.
The article tells the tale of a woman in Brooklyn who ordered the Parmesan and garlic fries at Franklin Park, which is attached to Dutch Boy Diner in Crown Heights. Upon inspecting her bill, she noticed that she was being charged $7 for the $6 fries—the cost of the fries, plus tax, plus a “non inventory rounding fee” of 47 cents. When she confronted her waitress about the price add-on, she was told that the bar rounds checks to keep service speedy.
Naturally, the woman made her displeasure apparent on Yelp: “I get that I’m griping online about $0.47,” she wrote in her 2-star review. “But on the other hand, that is my money you literally just took for absolutely no reason besides being too lazy to go to the cash register in the next room!”
Dutch Boy claims that that the rounding fee was a computer error, but does admit to rounding bills to the nearest nickel. Apparently, pennies just aren’t worth the hassle anymore.
Ultimately, the problem seems to be a lack of transparency. If you were asked if you’d be willing to part with a dime in order to make your lunch wait a little quicker, you’d probably be happy to do so. But it’s clearly unreasonable for restaurants to assume that you find all change worthless.
[via NY Post]