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Re: “Health conscious restaurant Beech opens on King Street this weekend

We had the Beech Bowl and Tuna Salad wrap. Delicious and filling! Very nice staff too!

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Posted by Beth Nelson Ratcliff-Realtor on September 11, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “The Agenda: S.C. schools underfunded by $4 billion since 2010; Chs. metro sees record exports; Dam laws debated

Shouldn't we be imprisoning the state legislators for illegally underfunding education? Otherwise nothing will get done, they will continue to break the law.

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Posted by Tom Martin on September 10, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “The Agenda: S.C. schools underfunded by $4 billion since 2010; Chs. metro sees record exports; Dam laws debated

How about a follow-up. Out of the $6.5 billion in exports, what was the Boeing share, and if Boeing is left out how does this year compare to last?

Posted by Ima Oldman on September 9, 2016 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Health conscious restaurant Beech opens on King Street this weekend

Looks like we have our replacement for Parlor Deluxe

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Posted by Ima Oldman on September 9, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Lagunitas' possible Southend Brewery remodel not a good look to some event space renters

Welcome to South Carolina, where complaining is required for self-worth and contentment.

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Posted by Chip Curry on September 9, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Charleston brewers crown the best bottom shelf beer

I suppose the gazillions of people who drink those beers every day are wrong....?

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Posted by Julian Hoppy Hopkins on September 9, 2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “The Critics' Picks for Charleston Beer Week

Can I get a photo Cred? Jay Wayne Productions :)

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Posted by Jay Wayne on September 9, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “CofC student faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

Cid95, you are so right! This sort of stuff has been going on at CofC for years, & it's been swept under the rug. I am so sick & tired of it!

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Posted by newbattleaxe on September 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

Restaurant people always say that, in total defiance of reality. But go ahead and keep preaching that anyone that doesn't tip min 25% (but it should really be 30%, or 50%, right?) is a cheap asshole. I've eaten thousands of meals at restaurants in the EU and Asia and elsewhere. The US tipping situation is unique and a point of frequent angst and criticism from the rest of the world. Visitors worry that if they don't tip the bartender enough they will get kicked out of the bar (cash for drinks) or the waitress will scream at them (restaurant bill at the end of a meal).

Just pay people fair salaries and price the product accordingly for the business to make a profit. I'll decide if I want to be a customer or not. You know, like every other business in the world.

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Posted by Cid95 1 on September 9, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

In Paris, Madrid and even Tokyo the wait staff are paid minimum wage, a good starting point but this is still not enough to live on in Paris and Madrid and definitely not in Tokyo (just like the Chuck) so everybody in Europe and Japan still tips with the exception of cheap assholes (a international as well as domestic problem). Unlike here, all tips are equally split between the BOH and FOH, so even the lowest rung on the kitchen staff has a reason to provide exemplary service. This system works quite nicely for all involved including the restaurant owners who experience much less turnover. You also see much greater co-operation and comradery between FOH-BOH as when one profits - all profit. Socialism at its finest. So when in Europe or Japan and some twit tells you "Don't tip them they make a good salary" ignore them, they are wrong and fall into the cheap international asshole category.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on September 9, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “CofC student faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

Sadly, this sort of thing is so common that it's only local news. But if some knobs at The Citadel dress in halfass ghost costumes to perform a skit...

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Posted by Cid95 1 on September 9, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

"Should tipping exist in its current state? Or, should we move to a fixed percentage service charge tacked on to every check — a mandatory tip, of sorts?"

These are NOT the only two choices. Maybe we should do what most of the rest of the world does and just pay servers a normal salary like every other normal employee and then have zero tips. It works fine in Europe, Japan, Australia, etc. Why is the US the special snowflake?

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Posted by Cid95 1 on September 9, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Nine questions for Lagunitas

Question #10: have you figured out the source of that smell, and eliminated it?

Please tell me I'm not the only one that has noticed the smell in that otherwise gorgeous building. It has only been there for a decade or so.

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Posted by factoryconnection on September 9, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

@Ima: if it is a separate accounting, it is harder to roll it into the general fund and ice the service staff. Of course, every single other industry seems to have figured out how to charge customers a price that ensures good service, business solidity and competitive wages, but beyond that it is clearly impossible. Sarcasm aside, it would require restaurants to pay experienced and productive staff more to retain them, lest they be poached by the wages offered by "Very Expensive, Prohibition-era Cocktail Emporium #7" down the street. Capitalism and all that.

@Emily: I concur with your experience that most larger parties will go beyond the auto-gratuity; that was my experience as well. However, automatic gratuities are no longer legal per the Dodd-Frank act (if I recall correctly), just as "tabs left open subject to 20% gratuity" policies are no longer allowed. The customer determines the amount and recipient of tips, by law. Service charges are allowed though they fall under different tax treatment.

@Philip: Your next crusade should be to re-dub "unsweet" as "plain" tea, because there isn't enough audible distinction in a noisy restaurant environment. You might win that battle.

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Posted by factoryconnection on September 9, 2016 at 9:05 AM

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Posted by Johson Ben on September 8, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Delicate dishes and impeccable service make for a winning combination at Henrietta's

and did they get rid of all the asbestos that caused the building to be shut down years ago?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on September 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

just a thought - what's the difference between a mandatory 20% tip and the house adding 20% to menu prices and passing on the extra income to employees?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on September 8, 2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

"The act of tipping is thought to have originated in the late 18th century in English pubs. ...the tradition began when pub patrons began attaching notes to coins "to insure promptness," a.k.a. a tip." This is the dumbest thing I've ever read. Period.
Nevertheless, I very much support the concept of Gratuity Added and paying all staff a living wage. In Europe, patrons typically leave a small tip - larger if the service was great. People spend their working lives waiting tables, and make enough money to raise a family in a blue-collar way. They don't have the conceit that because they are good waiters, they must be contributing to society in the same way that teachers, engineers, doctors, do.
A service job is a service job. If you're the waiter at the most expensive place in town, or the butler for the richest family, you're probably well-paid. But you are not making a difference. You are a servant. Deal with it.

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Posted by ImFromHere on September 8, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

Why should I pay a 20% tip on a $200 bottle of wine compared to a $20 bottle of wine? You opened the bottle the same way! Makes no sense! I'm all about paying for good service...if I get good service but that is MY CHOICE, not yours, sir.

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Posted by CaptainAwesome on September 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “One server's argument for instituting a 20 percent service charge

OK, let's make that participation trophy 20% larger!

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Posted by Ima Oldman on September 8, 2016 at 7:19 PM

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