I'd be interested to hear other people's views.
We just came back from Barbados a couple of weeks ago and we ate out at restaurants nearly every night. Restaurant bills include the 17.5% VAT - no problem with that - and either 10% or 12% service charge - no problem with that either. What I did have a problem with was after being presented with the card machine, we were asked if we wanted to add on a tip. We explained that we had left a tip in the form of the 10/12% SC. We were then told that (a) the waiter didn't get it immediately or (b) the waiter only got a small amount of it or it was shared with all the staff.
We left feeling that we had somehow let the waiter down. Eeating out in Barbados is expensive and to be asked to add on yet another tip when sometimes the bill reached BBD$ 200 or more - in one instance nearly BBD$300 for two people - well, we think the staff need to talk to their management.
We are not 'tight' people but just think this is practice is a little over the top. Views?