I love Red Lobster for my dining experiences. Don't like spending $40-50 on a meal for two, but I go for special occasions and my family usually buys me gift certificates for holidays, etc. Usually we have leftovers for the next day, I like that. I must admit yesterday as I visited my favorite place I was a little dismayed by a new feature they have added. They are now putting on the bottom of your bill how much your gratuity should be, and it doesn't start with 10percent. When a person has a bill for $46.00 and are expected to pay $6.50 plus for a tip, that's almost the price of my coconut shrimp I ordered for $8.00 plus. That is sad. But the biggest thing to me is my Church preaches 10 percent tithe, why should you expect more than what I would give to my Church for a tip...am I paying an hourly tip fee here? Sad to say, I've been reading the papers about Red Lobster status and Olive Garden, etc., and these are two of my favorite restaurants, but you are going to turn people away when being made to feel they have to give x amount of a tip. Tipping should be what one can afford. Not everyone has a million dollar pocketbook.
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