Is "Service Charge" optional?

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I was at a "black tie" event on New Years Eve and when we came to pay they hit us with a service charge that we were given no prior warning of. This was £10 per person.

We refused to pay and after a breif argument they backed down.

Am I correct in thinking that service charge is totally optional and you do not legally have to pay it?
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I was at a "black tie" event on New Years Eve and when we came to pay they hit us with a service charge that we were given no prior warning of. This was £10 per person.

We refused to pay and after a breif argument they backed down.

Am I correct in thinking that service charge is totally optional and you do not legally have to pay it?

hmmm....like a tip?
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I was at a "black tie" event New Years Eve and when we came to pay they hit us with a service charge that we were given no prior warning of. This was £10 per person.

We refused to pay and after a breif argument they backed down.

Am I correct in thinking that service charge is totally optional and you do not legally have to pay it?
If no prior warning then prolly not.

But since it is a "black tie" event, service charge is normanlly added. and they consider you "rich" enough to be able to pay it.
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If no prior warning then prolly not.

But since it is a "black tie" event, service charge is normanlly added. and they consider you "rich" enough to be able to pay it.
The other one that you have to watch out for is "cover charge".

This is the basic cost of just sitting down at a table and can be pretty much anything. I think that £4-£5 is the norm for this.
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The other one that you have to watch out for is "cover charge".

This is the basic cost of just sitting down at a table and can be pretty much anything. I think that £4-£5 is the norm for this.
Hah, I just leave them a big tip at the end (espeically for the waiter that serves you). That normanlly works fine.
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Hah, I just leave them a big tip at the end (espeically for the waiter that serves you). That normanlly works fine.
thats what my parents do.......
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