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Just having read the thread - "Cheap Charlie", talking about enjoying a good night on the town and how much one spends, I have one major gripe. Recently, me and 5 friends go out to dinner in an up market restaurant in Kata. A few drinks, starters and a maincourse, 2-3 people eat dessert. The bill arrives, coming in at 10,000 Baht. Now we all know that this kinda money is not cheap and none of us ordered steaks! So the bill arrives with a 10% service charge added automatically added in. We asked the waiters if they get this? They reply "No, it goes to the management." Of course we all feel guilty and decided to leave a token tip for the service we received. Question, why do restaurants do this, I mean automatically add a % to the bill like it's free money especially when the staff get nothing? is it not their business to wait on customers or is it our privilege? I believe that a "tip" should be discretional, not a right! How many restaurants charge an automatic % in addition to the bill or more for large parties of guests, 10+ for example? Perhaps i should go to an eatry where they appreciate my custom , that i bring good buisness to their door and not take the liberty of increasing the price of the overall meal because they have to wait on 10 people. Maybe split large group onto lesser numbers so they cannot surcharge and see the restaurants reaction? Imagine if other service orientated businesses did the same? You take your clothes to the local laundrette for cleaning. God forbib if you take more than 10 items. Now you get a 10% service charge for excessive cleaning! What about if Big C surcharge you because your basic or trolly is full over the top? On occasions, I can't believe the fantastic service from the smaller eateries and family restaurants where the waiters are great and the bill is embarrassingly cheap with no hidden costs! You just want to tip to show your appreciation. How many would leave a tip even after paying a surcharge?