A restaurant has caused an explosive debate online after charging a solo diner a hefty service charge.
In a popular Reddit thread, one infuriated foodie shared their experience at a Vietnamese restaurant in California.
They shared a photo of the receipt that detailed the additional charge of $8.91 (£7.20) and a sales tax of $4.52 (£3.65).
The small print at the bottom reads: "18.00% Service Charge Included. For parties of one or larger, a 18.00% gratuity is applied automatically. If you have any questions, please speak with a manager."
The post was soon inundated with thousands of fellow Redditors, who were seemingly as irritated as the poster.
"For parties of 1 or larger? What a convoluted way of saying everybody is charged 18%," one person wrote, while another added: "There is a place in town that adds an extra 20% "living wage increase" to all orders. But they make a point of saying that it isn't a tip. My wife then insists on tipping 20% on top of that. We don't go there anymore."
"‘Hello I’d like to reserve a table for 0 people’ – Checkmate," a third joked.
Meanwhile, one person humoured: "Ha! The joke's on them, I tip 20%. Suckers. Saved me 2%"
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, Ryan Mark Parsons shared his discomfort with solo eaters.
"I think people that do it are pathetic. I think Alex is one of those losers that goes to restaurants alone, and it's weird," he said, adding: "I go to restaurants and see solo diners and I'm just uncomfortable. I question the motives, I think it's really, really bizarre."