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As I paid my bill after an excellent meal, somewhat guiltily I turned and looked across the street into the restaurant over there. I was dumbstruck! A diner was putting on his coat when he clutched at his throat as his waiter appeared to be laughing.

“What the hell’s going on over there?” I asked our own waiter.

“That’s called ‘choking the cheapskate’ round here! He obviously didn’t leave a tip!”

Glancing at the plate below, I panicked, frantically tapping my pockets, searching for extra coins. Touching my arm, he grabbed the plate, saying “Please sir, don’t spoil my fun...!

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    It's difficult over here because you can't be sure that the people who deserve the tip actually get it, particularly when the restaurant automatically adds a 10% or 12.5% charge to the bill. There have a number of exposes of staff and diners getting ripped off over here. In France it's all 'compris' (service charge included in the price) and it's so much easier for travellers, and the locals too, I guess. Thanks for your comment. ...and, Anna Maria, we are all still waiting! You write beautifully.

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    Drew Martyn over 3 years ago

    Beautiful Neville, I love the phrase "choking the cheapskate"!

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    OK Anna Maria, I will get off your case...for now...but don't leave it too long! I have a very good record of getting bashful writers to come out of their shells with excellent results.

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