We have always been cribbing about the extra services charges added in our restaurants. This New Year our Govt not just wishes you a Happy New Year but also gifts you something which was always like a forceful act for people. Paying taxes in the restaurant or your favorite cafe no one liked that so Govt made it optional.
The Department of Consumer Affairs announces that the additional taxes which were included in restaurant bills as “services charges” are actually optional. In the till date situation this was not the case it has always been mandatory and people feel sick about it. On January 2, the Press and Information Bureau release state that the service is payable only at the consumer’s discretion but if the customer is not happy he can waive off like this only.
The service charges levied usually was in a range of 5-20% of the amount of the bill in any restaurant. If there is any queries or problems faced any complaint against unfair method or deceptive practice they can be registered under this Act provided by Consumer Protection Act, 1986. There is no need to take any kind of stress for the money you have earned going for a toss there is always a body to take care off your money expenditure.
Here are some tweetarti on Twitter with tweets flooded after such a good news.
Since then The Department of Consumer Affairs has asked the state governments, not to sensitize any hotels or restaurant. they have been informed to display pamphlets of no service tax in front of their respective restaurants. The service charges have been discretion and if the customer does not like the food they have no complication on paying the tip to the waiters. This leaves a Question.