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311 Seeks Restaurant Rip-Off Artists



    311 Seeks Restaurant Rip-Off Artists
    While most restaurants are following the New York City law, some establishments are tacking on a built-in tip higher than 15 percent.

    If you've ever been handed a bill at a New York restaurant with a built-in tip over 15 percent, the city wants to know about it.

    City law says 15 percent is the maximum a restaurant can charge, and even then, it can only be applied to parties of eight or more, the Department of Consumer Affairs told the NewYorkology travel site. And it must be clearly displayed on the menu.

    If you spot a bill with a built-in charge exceeding 15 percent, all you have to do is call 311 and report the restaurant, anonymously if you wish. After that, a Department of Consumer Affairs will send out someone for an inspection inquiry and possible fine for the restaurant.

    Bombay Eats on W. 52nd Street, Mojito on Washington Avenue and The Green Table on Ninth Avenue were among the restaurants the Post said have been charging a mandatory 20 percent extra.

    If you've been overcharged and you still have the receipt, you can try to get a refund by filing a complaint with the Department of Consumer Affairs.