While overcharging doesn’t happen all the time, it happens often enough that I now check bills, even if it makes me look like a dried up old sphincter.
About one in four times in Canberra I find a little something extra added to our bills.
As a couple we don’t get it often in the loftier establishments, but groups often get hit with extra charges.
Usually it’s the middle to pedestrian eateries.
I was talking to a waitress who said that some restaurants have a deliberate policy to add extra items to group bills, especially drinks which are hard for the table to keep track of.
If something is slipped onto the bill, I don’t tip.