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DearCustomer- A restaurant or bar is a private enterprise and can set any policy they wish with regard to charges. It is a common practice in many restaurants to charge an automatic tip for parties of 6 or more and it is a simple contract so long as the customer is on notice.
If there is a sign or it is written in a menu then you know about it going in so you can choose not to patronize that establishment if you do not like the policy. In many other countries the gratuity is automatic regardless of the number of people or the quality of service. Fortunately we have not come that far here in the US.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law
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