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Pub-goers are having an American-style service charge automatically added on drinks bought at the bar in stealth tipping push

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Pub-goers are having a service charge automatically added on drinks bought at the bar, in a bid to push tips. 

The Scotsman Group, who own various bars and pubs in Scotland, have introduced a two per cent ‘American-style’ automatic charge on beverages. 

Drinkers wanting to buy a pint of Camden Hells Lager at The Grosvenor Cafe would assume it costs £5.95, however, customers are charged £6.07. 

At The Social, a Pornstar Martini costs £10.71, despite it being advertised at £10.50.

Punters can ask for the service charge to be removed, but consumer experts warned that customers may be ‘oblivious’ to the extra cost.

Have YOU been charged extra for your drink? Email: gina.kalsi@mailonline.co.uk 

The Scotsman Group, who own various bars and pubs in Scotland, have introduced a two per cent ‘American-style’ automatic charge on beverages (stock image)

The Grosvenor Cafe in Glasgow has started adding the extra cost to their drinks, despite not listing the charge on their website. 

A member of staff who works at the bar told The Telegraph: ‘Most people don’t notice because it is added to receipts.’

She said that few have complained about the service fee, which is added to drinks ordered at the bar, because they weren’t aware of it. 

She admitted that she had earned an extra £200 on her last payslip as a result of extra charges imposed on customers.

Those who had worked longer shifts earned as much as an extra £500.

At the Golf Tavern, a pint of Guinness would usually cost £5.50, but punters are charged £5.61 if they order at the bar. 

Consumer expert Jane Hawkes told the outlet that companies should be paying their staff an appropriate wage and ‘not relying on creaming off tips or service charges to be able to subsidise that’.

This comes amid fears that Britain may start adopting America’s tipping culture, where customers pay 20 per cent extra on top of their meals and beverages. 

In central London, it is not uncommon to have a 12.5 per cent service charge slapped onto your final bill. 

Last year, Stonegate, Britain’s biggest pub chain, introduced dynamic pricing at 800 sites across the country. 

This means pub-goers were charged more money for their drinks during ‘peak trading’ times, meaning a pint of beer could be around 20p more expensive at the weekend.

Etiquette expert John-Paul Stuthridge even advised Brits to tip more than they usually would during the holiday season. 

He said: ‘Nobody has to, but stepping the tips up is all part of the good and convivial festive spirit.

‘This may mean tipping in higher amounts – 20 per cent instead of 10 per cent – or simply tipping more often.’

The Scotsman Group is one of the biggest hospitality chains in the country, operating 153 venues.

At The Social, a Pornstar Martini costs £10.71, despite it being advertised at £10.50 (stock image)

At The Social, a Pornstar Martini costs £10.71, despite it being advertised at £10.50 (stock image)

It was founded by millionaire entrepreneur Stefan King and was formerly known as the G1 Group.

Both he and the company made headlines more than a decade ago after The Shimmy Club in Glasgow installed a two-way mirror allowing male revellers to secretly spy on women when they visited the venue’s toilets.

Only clubbers who hired out either of the two £800-a-time private rooms at The Shimmy Club in Glasgow could view the spyglass which overlooks the sinks in the women’s toilets.

A picture was taken inside one of the rooms showing two female clubbers applying make-up in the toilets, completely unaware they were being watched.

The two-way mirror outraged female guests and women’s rights campaigners. Mr King defended the ‘interactive feature’ as ‘a bit of fun’ at the time.

The Scotsman Group was contacted for comment.  

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