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Asked on: 11/05/06, 4:52 am

can gratuity be added to restaurants tabs

I am a bartender in an atlanta area. When a customer wants to run a tab we take a credit card and hold it untill they are ready to pay up. On rare occasions a patron may leave without paying thier bill.... Go figure. I was recently told that adding a tip to orphaned credit cards is illegal, even if you post a sign that states ''All tabs left overnight will have 18% gratuity added''. I am under the impression that adding tip to forgotten tabs is the same as saying ''18% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more''. My boss claims that this is ''stealing''. Every bar I have worked in for the last 10 years has added tip to credit cards left at the end of the night. Who is right? Is it illegal to add a tip to a forgotten tab, or must we run the card for the base amount of the bill and forfeit any tip.....

Thank you,

Shawn

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