In a nice restaurant, after getting the check for an excellent meal, you notice that you were not charged for one of the items you ate. Would you tell the waitress?
Who hasn’t this happened to at some point? I know it’s happened to me a number of times in my life. Look, I don’t always study the check when it arrives at the table. I usually just look at the total and go with it. Now, if it seems blatantly too high or too low, of course I’ll look at the itemized list of foods and/or beverages.
More often than not, when I’ve pointed out a mistake in favor of the restaurant, the server will just let it go as something that winds up being on the house. It’s only happened a few times that they actually change the total to make me pay for whatever was missing.
Either way, it’s the right thing to do. If I didn’t intend to pay for something, then I shouldn’t have ordered it.
What about you? Would you tell your server if something was missing from your check? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.