Sundays used to be the days when people took a break and sat back to sip a hot cup of tea and doze off with a book in the verandah in the afternoon and watch the sunset in the evening while gossiping with family and friends. Not any more. The glittering malls and packed cinema halls are difficult to resist for today’s urban populace. And dining out is only part of the package, even if it means standing in long queues. But would the food taste as good and our tolerance for bad service remain so high if we knew what we were paying in taxes on each bill we ran up even as we raised our cholesterol and sugar level.
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We found out that about one-fourth of your restaurant bill comprises of various taxes. And, on top of that, to end the evening in style, you tip the waiter handsomely and even pause to donate for the charity the restaurant supports. Here’s what it actually costs.
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