Tard Fee – n. an unexplained charge on a receipt that may occur due to a customer being too picky, confusing, annoying, or stupid. Sometimes it may include all of the above. A tard fee is varaiable, and can be as little as $.15 to $1000 or more, depending on how much a nuisance a customer can be, as well as what kind of business they are frequenting.
If you work in any kind of service industry, you might be the type of person to add a tard fee to a bill, depending on how annoying the customer can be, or how obnoxious, or if a person just confuses the server/barender/representative/associate far too much with a multi-detailed order that is worthy of an eyeroll from the kitchen or production staff. No matter what industry you might be in, you are going to run into those people whom are going to make you want to tack on a tard fee, but you will have to be very creative in how you do it. Sometimes the customer might be in such a hurry, they might not even notice, or if the fee is large for an upscale project, it can be explained away as parts for the project, or new software. Small tard fees might be as simple as an extra shot of espresso, or some sauce. So, if you are on the serving end, good luck in extracting that tard fee. If you are on the receiving end, do you best to be patient and not make too many odd requests, and you might want to remember to tip your servers well if those requests are unavoidable. It might make the difference between getting charged a tard fee or not.
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