“What would you like,” the server says, “Still or sparkling?”
And so begins the latest and most egregious restaurant practice yet designed to separate you from your hard-earned dollars. What will arrive at your table is a bottle of water that’ll cost you $8. Do the math. Thirty-two ounces of water at $.25 an ounce. And since you tip on the total of your bill - that brings it to $9.60. Then, without a word, a new bottle appears and everyone’s water glass is refilled. Ca-ching. Throughout the meal, more bottles are opened. At dessert all the water glasses on the table are full. You get the check. $48 for water! ($57.60 with tip.) You could have had a very nice bottle of wine for that amount. Next time maybe you should ask for tap water.