Joe H Posted February 23, 2007 Share Posted February 23, 2007 We asked up front about separate checks and were told it was O.K. Maybe that's host/server/managment miscommunication. I fail to see how them writing one big receipt and then running separate receipts for each credit card anyway was easier than just running separate checks to start with.Exactly how does any of this equate to "cheap and stingy?" If you'd rather close your eyes to management that doesn't give a rat's backside about their customers, then stop at the part about "when the check came." About two months ago I went with a number of people to an Italian restaurant (Bellissimo) in Fairfax. When we got there several of them took it upon themselves to ask the waiter for separate checks. Pretty soon we were up to eight separate checks for a table of ten. I cringed. Actually, I didn't cringe. I was seriously embarassed to be in a group like this-one which I felt seemingly didn't trust each other to take the time to pick up the check and figure out each' amount later. I told the waiter to give the check to me. I didn't care if it cost me double-triple what it should have. I just wasn't going to put up with the personal embarassment of what this group of people was asking the waiter to do. I really didn't care if these were friends, co-workers or not. Many years ago I had been on the other side of the table and, from my own memory, I knew people like these. They were the stuff of stories in the backrooms and kitchens when I was growing up. Do I have to tell you what I went through to get the money they owed me? It was no wonder they wanted separate checks!!!! You can say all you want to about what this restaurant put you through but, for me, if you are the kind of person who insists on having your own separate check-one out of seven, eight, thirteen or whatever-I really don't want to be part of your group. Sorry. One check. Figure it out later. If you can't trust those you are dining with then you shouldn't be out with them. If you need the individual check (a smaller one at that) for a write off or reimbursement then either your company doesn't trust you or the IRS doesn't. It's been over thirty years since I waited on tables. If I had run into you-wanting 13 checks for 13 people with 13 credit card receipts-I suppose it would be over thirty years before I got out of prison.... Anyway, as you tried to make your point self righteously slamming the restaurant for refusing to give you thirteen checks with thirteen credit card receipts (!!???!!!), I have made mine. As mine reflected exaggeration I would like to believe that your thirteen was an exaggerated number also. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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