Since we only stayed two nights, we planned for extra-great meals each evening: one at Sushi Samba (an old favorite) and one at STK. We had an awesome table with a view of the whole restaurant at Sushi Samba, some comped drinks, and endless plates of fresh rolls.
Canadians are kinda popular in Ireland these days, what with all the job opportunities, and apparently baseball caps, as sported here by our friendly bartender, who comped our drinks as a result (although maybe it was just our sparking personalities?). Three cheers for the Jays!
Boston Bruins Say Most of $156K Bar Tab at Foxwoods Club was Comped
The Boston Bruins had a memorable Stanley Cup victory celebration at Club Shrine in Foxwoods two weekends ago. Their epic celebration included players drinking out of the Cup, drinking from a $100,000 bottle of champagne, and dancing around half naked. The club’s owner posted the team’s bar tab on his twitter account and their bill was over $156,000. Naturally everyone was blown away by the tab, but I said on twitter that I was 99% certain the Bruins hardly paid anything of the tab. The players later confirmed that was the case.
“The champagne was a gift from somebody, so that’s out the window before it even starts, it was a very generous gift and it wasn’t necessary but it was very nice of them and then obviously the people at Shrine, Ed Kane and Randy, they helped us a lot with the bill, too, and Foxwoods really took care of us, setting up the rooms and all that stuff, too,” Shawn Thornton explained on The Sports Hub last week.
How much to tip on a comped bill?
A little while ago, Salon food writer Francis Lam tweeted "Say you're at a restaurant, and they comp your check. How much do you tip?"
This is an interesting question.
When I lived and worked in New York City, someone I knew, who worked at a very high endrestaurant in Tribeca, served an opulent meal to Hillary Clinton. Because she was, you know, Hillary Clinton, the restaurant comped her entire meal. She thanked them graciously, and (I should say here allegedly - I wasn't there to see it) walked out without leaving a dime.
This act alone has made the idea of voting for her difficult for me ever since.
My feeling, as a former server, is that if you are comped because you are Hillary Clinton, or, say, Francis Lam, you should leave a tip that's about 30% or more of the original bill. Industry folks often comp each other, and when that happens, a 40% or higher tip is common.
But what if you're comped because something went wrong? And what if the bill is lowered because of a discount of some sort?