Restaurant Requires Hefty Service Charge for 'Parties of 1 or Larger'

At a Vietnamese eatery in California, diners were obligated to cover an 18% tip due to a policy mandating this fee for "parties of one or larger."

A snapshot of the bill from Pho Ha Noi in Cupertino surfaced on Reddit's "mildly infuriating" section, illustrating this rule. The receipt stated: "18.00% Service Charge Included. For parties of 1 or larger, a 18.00% gratuity is applied automatically. If you have any questions, please speak with a manager."

Reddit member TRTL2k showcased the picture, noting: "This restaurant has an automatic 18% service charge for parties of ONE or more. It's common to see eateries add a tip for large groups, but never for parties of 1!"

This post drew close to 5,000 reactions, with numerous Redditors expressing their frustration over the charge.

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The bill displayed a meal consisting of three items totaling $49.50. Following a sales tax of $4.52 and the 18% charge of $8.91, the diner faced a final amount of $62.93, as shown on the shared receipt.

Several commenters on the image stated they would have opted not to pay such an exorbitant fee, with some mentioning they had done so in comparable scenarios.

"That’s the tip as far as I’m concerned," remarked one individual.

Another commented, "For parties of 1 or larger? That's a roundabout way of stating everyone gets charged 18%."

One person said, "I’d just walk out honestly," while another bluntly expressed, "F--- that."

The article surfaced as inflation surged for the second consecutive month in August, overturning prior downturns. Shoppers persistently face increasing prices for daily essentials.

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