We know this is something the waitresses on the old sitcom, Alice, would never ever do.
This happened to me on September 20th (my birthday) when I dined here -- at Chez Lucienne in Harlem on 125th and Lenox.
By the way...this place advertises "great burgers." They ain't kiddin'. I had a great turkey burger. And friendly service. But the waiter cleared my drink off the table before I was done with it. And I didn't get all my change back.
This same thing happened twice when I went to see a friend perform at Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side.
It happened last night when I had dinner at Chevys on 42nd Street before I attended a Hunger Games screening at the nearby AMC cineplex.
The waiter apologized, reached into his pocket and gave me my 50 cents.
I know it's a minor point in the big scheme of things. However, if your bill at a restaurant or bistro was $50 and you gave the server $49.25 in cash, the server would politely tell you that you were short.
So why are customers being shortchanged and then expected to leave a tip? That's wrong. Also, since it's happened four times in establishments here in New York City, I have a hunch this is some new workplace practice that says "Customers won't care about the coins so just pocket the change."
THAT'S not right. If you pay cash, count your change and don't be shy about asking for all of it. You tip for good service. Correct change is good service. Don't tip for bad service. That's my opinion.