Local Restaurant Charging Extra for Outdoor Seating

vgkg Z-7 Va
last month

At least one (so far) of our local eateries is charging $5 per person to be seated at one of their outside tables. Not only that but they are automatically applying a 20% tip to every tab (no matter the quality of service). To confound things they want people to order their food from their Iphones or use one of their tablets to place orders.

Now I don't mind the 20% tip part as long as the waiters are polite and responsive, they need a decent wage to live on. But I miss the handheld menus (which are generally laminated in plastic and can be easily wiped clean as they do the tables) and I reject the $10 extra charge for 2 to eat outside. Are these new restaurant policies occurring in your area?

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