Have been reading in the NY Post this week that some restaurants in NYC are charging foreign tourist a hidden gratuity or tip in their bills because waiters/waitresses claim not all foreigners leave a tip. The Post also mentioned that while a posted service charge is legal a tagged on "gratuity" is illegal. I have been to restaurants in the outer boroughs that have given me a lump sum bill and did not itemize the charges which I believe is the law here. In addition, the Post claims that only groups over 8 (and not 5) can be automaticly charged the gratuity. I can understand some foreigners confusion because on my first trip to Europe, my German host scolded me for tipping in restaurants because the service fee is already included in the bill, the waiters are well paid and tipping is not necessary in Europe. I have not yet been to England, Ireland or Austrailia, where most TA posters seem to be from but can some foreigners tell me do they tip back home? Were you all aware that we tip wait service 15 to 20% of the food charges (the amount on the bill before taxes or roughly double the taxes) here in NYC? Has anyone experienced this alledged overcharging that the newspaper reports? Thanks and hope you all enjoy your stay.