NEW YORK — Tourism is a major part of the economy in the Big Apple, but it is not without its downside. For example, foreign tourists who don’t tip as readily as Americans are being used as an excuse for making people pay more for their drinks at some of the better watering holes.
According to a report in the New York Post, “At the trendy Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District, bartenders slap a compulsory 20% tip on all beer, wine and cocktails ordered at the bar. That adds $7 to each $35 glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne.
“At the Tribeca Grand Hotel,” the story goes on, “where a double Beefeater gin on the rocks costs a whopping $26, the bartender also includes an extra $4.68 tip — that’s an obligatory 18% gratuity — on your tab.
“It’s a hotel policy, because we have a lot of European tourists who don’t tip,” the newspaper quoted one bartender as saying.
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