I met last night for dinner with a few dear friends I haven't seen in a long time. We enjoyed a nice meal and the company was fantastic, and when we got to the end of the meal, it appeared as if management had waived our corkage fees on the bill. When I first arrived I had joked with the owner, that since we brought all our own stemware maybe he could waive the corkage. Anyway, we all paid up, the bill was settled, and we were all set to leave, when the waiter came running back and said he had forgotten to put the corkage on and presented us with a second bill for the corkage. Being polite and compliant Canadians, we paid that second bill too without too much hassle. Then I started thinking about this when I got home. How gauche of the restaurant to do this. One would think that the owner would just let the thing go, it certainly would have been classier. If I were a jerk, I'd have said, "well if you'd kindly refund me the gratuity, that'd about cover corkage." But, alas no. I'm just wondering what others might have said or done, assuming that one wanted to return to that restaurant in the future.