This letter is directed to the restaurants in Sechelt. As one of a small group of seniors who try to meet once a week for coffee, we also like to celebrate each others’ birthdays in a local restaurant. The last two times in a Sechelt restaurant, we were charged a mandatory 20 per cent gratuity because we were a group of eight people. At one restaurant some of the group had to send their soup back because it was served cold; at another restaurant some had to send their coffee back as it was also served cold. Service in both restaurants was adequate at best. Seniors might not be the big spenders but we are the bread and butter of the local business community 12 months of the year that help keep your doors open. As a reminder, a tip is a compliment, not a right and 20 per cent is out of line.
Charlie Lorimer, Sechelt