Tricks of the trade"Would you like sparkling, flat, or tap?" asks your server at the quaint bistro where you are treating your in-laws. Cringe. "You feel like a schmuck if you order tap water for the table," says Lily P. who worked for more than five years as a waitress in Northampton, Massachusetts. "It's 'Ye Olde Water Trick.' Sometimes the restaurant even leaves a pricey bottle of mineral water on the table. The customer opens it, and, boom, it goes on the tab."
Hard selling bottled water for a mark up 200% or more is of one of the many techniques restaurants use to separate customers from their paychecks. Going out to eat is inherently a luxury but at least you want to get your money's worth. Here are some tips to help you get the best value:
Soft drinks, coffee, and tea. Non-alcoholic beverages have a huge mark-up because they are mainly made of water. Why do you think your server keeps asking the kids if they want another large soda or lemonade?Read More »from Tricks Restaurants Use to Get You to Spend More Money