We went to Franklin Park today for some beers and some garlic/parm fries. We ordered our beers at the bar counter, as we always do, and paid $4 each for them. We tipped $1 each, an even $10 bill to the bartender.
We then sat down, and a waitress from Dutch Boy came over offering us menus. We ordered the $6 garlic and parm fries. After finishing our beers and our fries, we asked for the check.
Here it is:
As you can see, there was a FORTY-SEVEN cent rounding to our bill! If we hadn't waited for the waitress to return, we would have assumed it was $6 for fries, left $7 on the table for her tip and left. We brought it to her attention -- this is nearly half a dollar! -- her response was "This is what our computer system does. If it's less than $0.50 we round down and if it's more than $0.50 we round up. We don't keep change back here."
So we paid and walked to the front restaurant -- Which is connected to the bar we were just sitting in!! -- and they do have a cash register, they do keep change, and they don't round up! So we asked them about it. They said that if you order in Dutch Boy and carry it back to the bar yourself you don't have to deal with rounding. If you order in the back, you do.
No one we talked to saw why this was something to be upset about. I get that I'm griping on a message board about $0.47. But on the other hand, that is my money you literally just took for absolutely no reason besides being too lazy to go to the cash register in the next room!
Just wanted people to be aware -- in the future, we'll order up front and bring it back ourselves. I see no reason to pay someone for no extra convenience or service.
Also, they do this but still don't take credit cards? Come on....