Local Bars padding bills ??

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  1. bchtravlr

    bchtravlr Beach Comber

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    I have been a long timer lerker on this forum, but recently exposed a problem that bothers me and several others.

    A visiting friend went with us to a popular bar here on "The A" and at the end of the evening his tab had a few extra drinks added to it that we had not consumed! This had occurred to me at the same location last fall, and at the time I had assumed it was an honest mistake. After discussing the recent event with several other locals, it appears to have occurred at this bar to several others also. I am attempting to notify the ownership/management, as I don't believe they are aware this is occurring with some regularity.

    Have others had bills padded at any of our local establishments?
     
  2. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Never happened to me in SOWAL, but taking advantage of tourists is present in any tourist town. People are ripped-off in New Orleans all the time...most folks are too shy or clueless to speak up. This perpetuates the cycle of 'tourist as rube/cashcow' which is insane since tourism is the backbone of the economy. If something is shady, let the manager know;odds are good that the house is being ripped-off too. :bang:
     
  3. Kurt Lischka

    Kurt Lischka Admin Staff Member

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    I haven't noticed any problems. Why pad a bill when you can raise prices 30% without consequence?
     
  4. InletBchDweller

    InletBchDweller SoWal Insider

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    amen brother!!! [​IMG] I am shocked sometimes at what the local bars charge......
     
  5. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    I've never looked closely at my tab, and I have never thought my bills here were outstanding enough to run a line item check. I hope they were not charging you an a$$hole fee. :floor: I am only kidding. I am sure you are a nice guy. ;-)
     
  6. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Smiley J, you forgot to say :welcome:

    Don't scare the guy off :rolling:
     
  7. Kimmifunn

    Kimmifunn Funnkalicious

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    Do you think the Funns actually pay for our drinks?
    We have deals under the table with various establishments. That could be what you speak of.
     
  8. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Oh yes, :welcome:;-). It is possible that other bar rats are telling the bartender to put it on (pointing to you) "his tab." I have started a tab in places where I didn't know the bartenders, and have had friends put their drinks on my tab without problem, and without telling the bartenders that they were on my tab.
     
  9. lifesabeach

    lifesabeach Beach Lover

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    I havent noticed any padding, BUT one of our local establishments did double run our debit card last week
     
  10. whiteyfunn

    whiteyfunn SoWal Staff

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    It's never happened to me but I know it's happened to other friends. They are usually very understanding and fix the bill, though.
     
  11. yippie

    yippie Beach Fanatic

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    I have had the waitress tell me one amount, then she charges the card for more. When I questioned her, she stated that the establishment's policy was to round up.

    Really pissed me off. Took it out of her tip.
     
  12. peapod1980

    peapod1980 percy

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    Looks like bchtravlr paid for some Funn drinks.
     

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