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MAN GOES “ATAS” RESTAURANT IN DEMPSEY, TOLD TO PAY TIPS ON TOP OF SERVICE CHARGE

How do you think about tips on top of service charge?

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I was having great dinning yesterday in a “atas” restaurant in Dempsey hill yesterday.

Want both tips and service charge

Dishes, environment and service are great. when we pay the bill waiter “asked” about tips so we pay around 20 dollars, but then we realised that all the payment already included GST and service charge. I really appreciated the service given during our dinner but tips are a bit freaky if already have the 10% service charge. So I better to give another 10% for tips if I satisfied with service?

How you guys do in this case?

Here are what netizens think:

  • i wouldn’t pay the tips if there’s service charge even if the service was excellent. very american thing to do but I personally prefer knowing the cost upfront (even if the excellent service is already priced in) instead of leaving it to guess work.
  • SG no tips one la. The wait staff just anyhow whack cus Dempsey a lot of rich customers – and who will reject giving tips if asked so directly in the fear of looking ‘bad’.
  • nope, service charge ~is~ the tip. tip is only when the establishment underpaid their servers on purpose (like in US)… not in this case in SG. if that restaurant charge you extra 10% yet still underpaid their servers, thats scummy and people should stop eating there
  • A tip on top of a 10% service charge is a little overboard, but considering many a times these 10% service charge are kept by the establishments rather than distributed among service staffs, does raised questions. The authority needs to step in on this to clear the air, as SG imposed service charges in place of the “NO TIPPING” policy going way back in the 1970’s/80’s. Anyway, tipping is discretional and not mandatory for good services offered/extended.
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