I’m working on tomorrow’s presentation to a major ISV. I don’t really have time to pop out and eat properly, so I order in. Most of the time, I don’t like doing this as the food often comes a bit cooler than I would like, the salads a bit limp and it’s always overpriced.
I look in the room service book, order up a burger and fries with some Pepsi, and as I’d skipped lunch, a cheesecake and some coffee to wash things down. I mentally add up the individual elements and I think it’s going to be about $30, which is well under my work’s spending guidelines if a bit expensive for my tastes. A similar meal down the road at Maccas followed by a trip to the Italian cafe would cost me no more than $15 if I knew where the Maccas was.
I was a bit shocked to see the price in my room: $57 USD (about $80 Australian!). For a burger, drinks and a small dessert.
They had slugged me for tax, 20% service (even though it was delayed AND the meat patty had congealed), some other taxes on top of the mandatory gratuity, and expect me to put an additional gratuity on top of that. So I round up to the nearest dollar, a “tip” of $0.13.
Man, this place sucks. Can’t wait to get to Vegas.