Greenfield Introduces Bill to Prevent Restaurants from Tricking Customers into Double Tipping

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restaurantNew York – Councilman David G. Greenfield recently introduced City Council legislation that would require restaurants to clearly disclose to customers when an automatic gratuity has been added to a meal check.

Under the proposed law, restaurants would have to conspicuously disclose in writing on the customer’s bill and credit card receipt when a patron has been charged an automatic or suggested tip. In recent years, automatic tips on lunch, dinner and drink bills have become commonplace at restaurants and bars around New York City. In response, Councilman Greenfield introduced this law to protect consumers from unwittingly tipping twice on a single bill.

“This is a matter of fairness for everyone who dines at the many great restaurants in New York City. Just about anyone who eats out on a regular basis has left a gratuity without realizing that the tip had already been included in the check or knows somebody who has done so. The idea is not to hurt the hard-working staff at restaurants who deserve and rely on tips, but to prevent restaurants from tricking people into tipping twice. It’s really a matter of common sense,” said Councilman Greenfield.

The law would be enforced by the Department of Consumer Affairs, with restaurants facing a fine of up to $250 for failing to clearly inform consumers of an added gratuity. The disclosure will appear on both the bill and the credit card receipt if the meal is charged, in a font size determined by the DCA commissioner. The bill was introduced at last Wednesday’s City Council Stated meeting and has been referred to committee for hearings.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}

4 COMMENTS

  1. I WORK HARD ALSO FOR MY NIGHT OUT IN A RESTURANT…and
    I dont appreciate rude servers
    or servers with a finger in my cup or on my food to balance the plates..
    I dont appreciate servers who do not return to ask me if I need anything after bringing the food.
    I dont like bare hands preparing my food when the law states they need to wear gloves.
    I dont appreciate sitting on the cutting table when the boss is away and business was quiet.
    I dont appreciate warm or cool food and fear of sending it back because as we all read they spit in our food.YES KOSHER PLACES MAINLY
    I DONT WANT TO LEAVE A TIP=MONEY THAT I WORKED HARD FOR small portions such as serving…’one side of a fish selling the other side to someone else….
    YOU SAY ITS NOT THE SERVES FAULT?
    ITS THE COMPANIES FAULT AND THE COMPLAINT STARTS WITH THE SERVER WHO WILL COMPLAIN TO THE CHEF WHO WILL TELL THE BOSS “if you dont like my cooking I will leave…

    AND THE TIP IS SCRIBBLED WHERE YOU MIGHT FEEL ILL AT EASE TO ‘ASK WHAT THIS IS” IF YOU ARE WITH GUESTS.

  2. #3 ELI. open your eyes, dont be a ghetto 1930 Jew afraid to complain.You curse me to go to iran?
    I AM A JEW,
    I AM A KOHAINE,
    I AM LIVING IN BROOKLYN.
    I HAVE THE MONEY TO VISIT MANY RESTURANTS,
    mostly brooklyn see them touchmoney then touch your food, use the phone then touch your food, go to toilets without washing,,,,
    YOUR COMNMENT IN UNNESSASARY FOR NO PURPOSE.
    My comment is to improve the service.

    I AM AWARE THAT 3000 TO 5000 PEOPLE A YEAR DIE from food poisoning as per the radio advertisements.
    ELI identify yourself.

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