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According to math.com, rounding off is a kind of estimation which the following rules apply: To round off whole numbers:
- Find the place value you want (the "rounding digit") and look to the digit just to the right of it.
- If that digit is less than 5, do not change the "rounding digit" but change all digits to the right of the "rounding digit" to zero.
- If that digit is greater than or equal to 5, add one to the rounding digit and change all digits to the right of the rounding digit to zero.
HKD 301.00 + HKD 30.1 (10% service charge) =It is a matter of principle and not whether I am a cheap-ass. I can be quite generous with tips but this sort of "tricky" rounding crosses the line. Can it be a system error? HA! I think it is a client requested system specification if you ask me! I am still sort of pissed about the incident because I did not notice until afterwards (so I can ask them in person) and really surprised that such an established restaurant would do something like that to their bills. I have been told that a few other restaurants in Hong Kong implement such calculating / rounding approach as well, just that we often neglect the importance of bills checking. Starting from now, I am on a mission to compile a list of restaurants in Hong Kong that implements such rounding practice to their bills!!! If you have experienced similar incidents at any HK restaurant, please drop me a line so I can visit and collect their bills for this project!