The so called better restaurants In Trinidad and Tobago add a 10% service charge then 15% VAT to the prices on the menus. A burger advertised at TT$80 will cost the customer TT$101.20 before the tip. The service charge goes to the owner and does not replace tips, which are the main source of income for servers. For years researchers have been trying to discover why the service charge is added in Trinidad and Tobago but no legal or logical reason was ever found. This lack of a good reason led customers to believe the service charge came from greedy restaurant owners and not from any higher power.
Ethical behavior is not something you will get from restaurant owners in Trinidad and Tobago and padding bills with service charge is proof of this. If restaurant owners want to charge 10% more they should print the revised prices on the menu. I hope restaurant owners realize soon there will be less expats with expense accounts in the country and owners will not be able to charge what they like. I don’t want restaurants to go out of business and create unemployment but I want owners to realize the boom is over and people are not stupid.