So before I had signed up for a restaurant shop, I reviewed the details and it said "shop pays $10, and reimbursement is up to $75." So I accepted the shop and received the full guidelines, questions, etc. In reviewing the full guidelines, I read "We will reimburse up to 15% of the check up to the reimbursement limit of the shop." I find the initial shop details very misleading, because it said nothing of this "15%" reimbursement when I was reviewing it. I would have not proceeded with accepting the shop had I known this.
Anyone else have an issue with a shop not disclosing this kind of information until AFTER you've already signed up for the shop?
That indeed does sound misleading - are you sure that the 15% you mentioned is not referring to the gratuity (tip), but instead to the whole check?
From my personal experience, shops like that often have the similar compensation (about $10-$20), and similar reimbursement ($40-$80), but the reimbursement applies to the total amount spent, and you are allowed to tip the server - the tip would be also reimbursed, for example up to 15% of the receipt amount.
So if your receipt total was $50, you could pay $57.5 (with the $7.5 tip) and be reimbursed for the full $57.5. If you paid $60, you'd still be reimbursed for $57.5, since everything over a $7.5 tip is greater than 15% of the original total receipt amount.
I hope this is the case with your shop (and if so, you might want to email the MSP to update their guidelines to be more clear on this).
So I had reached out to the MSP, but I found their answer confusing:
I asked: "i.e. if I spent $60 on dinner, NWLPC will reimburse me $60? Or would it be 15% of $60? Just want to make sure I have this right, as the wording from Cactus' guidelines were confusing."
His reply: "Yes, but if your dinner comes to $75 or more you have to absorb the tip. In your scenario It would be 15% of $60."