It is actually a pretty normal practice in nicer restaurants. Most of the time if you say no, they will waive the fee. Furthermore, when you pay the fee, you are issued a credit in the amount paid. Finally, if you are charged a fee, you can dispute it with your CC company and you will always win. I would say that it is normal practice in most restaurants that generally cost more than $100 per person for dinner. It is certainly SOP in San Francisco and New York.
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8/10/06 at 12:37pm