The man (I won't mention his name) went to club in Sacramento with several of his colleagues for dinner and some cocktails. His part of the bill was over $200 for his dinner and his drinks, (he bought a bottle of champagne, which is what hiked his bill).
During the course of their meal, they were asked to pay their bill, because the club was going through a "shift change" and the server wanted to get her tip. They paid it, and tipped her. (To me, this is a bit odd already).
After they finished eating, the man decided to buy some more drinks for his himself and his friends. The club converts itself from a "dinner" club to a nightclub at about 9:00 pm. At this point, they were asked to pay their bill again and start a new tab.
They were rather confused as to "why" they had to keep settling their bill, so they asked their server, in which she replied "you'll have to ask management." Which they asked to do so...... Management never showed to the table. Instead, a bouncer came to the table and asked them to leave!
So they settled their bill and left.
Question I have, is why would a place ask their customers to settle the bill so frequently over the course of the evening. Secondly, is sending the bouncer over to the table to settle the bill question appropriate? (It's my understanding these guys were behaving - they're all business professionals).
Granted this place is very new, just opened some weeks ago (place is called Tunnel 21), one may assume they either don't have their act together, or they simply are lacking proper management or service training.
I hope that asking customers to settle the bill as they go, is not becoming a thing of the future.