This happened today for the second time in a couple of months, which makes me think it is a trend. I went out for a meal with somebody and I picked up the check. I paid with cash, and was given only bills in change, not the $0.37 or whatever I was actually owed on top of the bills. I was NOT asked "do you want change?" And it wasn't close enough that I would have said, "keep it," in lieu of a tip.
This strikes me as waaaaay off. Sure, I most likely will tip, but that is for me to decide. It is not up to the serve to keep my change, and expect me to fork over more. A tip is a gratuity, not an entitlement. I was very tempted to leave no other tip, because I was short-changed, and that, to me, feels like theft. Instead, I tipped at a lower rate than I would normally have. The service was mediocre (both times) but I usually tip well just because I know how much servers depend on those tips. By keeping that $0.37, that server probably did herself out of a buck, maybe two. I just could not bring myself to leave more than a basic (and reasonable) tip.
Keeping my change really disturbs me. Anybody else? Is this a new norm I simply have to accept?