Post # 1
I’m curious what your thoughts are on the matter of servers (or anyone really that accepts tips) adding to their own tips, after you leave of course, and what you would do.
My DH and I went to dinner a week ago and I just realized that the server increased their tip by $0.90.
1). My DH leaves 20-25% tips every time, often when the server doesn’t deserve it. In this case he left a 25% tip as the server did a very good job (well servers, we had like five come by throughout the night).
2). The actual final tab ended in $0.09 and I was billed $XXX.99.
3). In looking at the receipt it was very clear that my DH did not write .99 but rather the reciept clearly says .09.
Okay so here is my point. Would you say something to the restaurant? We didn’t skimp them on tip at all so was the server being greedy? I know it is a small amount and who knows it could have been a simple mistake, but at the same time I wonder if this server does this (small amounts or large) to other guests.
I have had this happen to me before at a nail salon where someone added three dollars to my tip and I had to call them out on it. I hated that but it is against the law regardless of the reasons.
So what would you do?
Post # 3
Since they have to enter the tip manually at the register, I’m sure they either read the 0 as a 9 or it was a typo. For such a small amount, I’d like it go.
Post # 4
I would have said something. That is theft and if they do it to you, how many other people do they do it to? It is something the manager needs to be aware of even if you aren’t going to demand your 90 cents back.
Post # 5
Well, truthfully it might have been an accident. When I used to work as a server you imputed all the numbers quickly and in dim lighting. I’d probably let $.90 go, but over a couple of bucks I would call the restaurant. I’ve seen servers fired over less.
Post # 6
Sounds like a typo. I’ve worked in a restaurant and things are so fast paced I can see how a mistake like that could be made. If it were more, i might question it, but on many kaypads the 0 and 9 are right next to each other.
Post # 7
I third (or fourth) typo. 9 is so close to 0 on a keypad. If I were a server risking my job to increase my tip, I’d do it by more than .90.
Post # 8
A server at the restaurant that I work at as a chef did this last summer to ALL her tables she could take home an extra $100.00 a night just by bumping up her tips by small amounts. Needless to say she was escorted out by police and I do believe is now a guest of the government for the next few years. If I were you I would just send a quick e-mail to the manager (that’s how we found out about former server).
Post # 9
I get what you are saying and believe me I have considered it an honest mistake. When I was a server it happened to me once as well and my manager merely pointed it out and fixed it…because it happened only that one time. My concerns are that he may be doing this to others, on purpose, and with such small amounts other guests might also be letting it go as well. If that is the case it could be adding up.
Post # 10
@Mrs.Goguen: Yes exactly my concern! I’m not worried about my $0.90 at all nor would I demand it back but I am concerned about reptitive cases. Like you said and I also mentioned this can add up to be quite a bit over a night, over a week etc.
Post # 11
Hmm…I’m torn on this. On the one hand, it could very easily have been a typo, but if he does this a lot, he could make decent money. $.90 times 11 customers is about $10, 5 days a week is an extra $50 and if no one turns him in he’ll get away with it forever. It’s actually a smart scam, especially if he is a nice server because a lot of people would either not notice or say ‘He was so pleasant, I’m sure it was a mistake.’ I’d probably go back or have a friend go and see if it happened again, and then make my decision on whether or not to turn him in. Hate to see the poor kid firx if it was a mistake…
Post # 12
it could have been a simple error but it also could be a great scam.
most people wouldn’t really question a discrepancy under a dollar so that’s why they keep it minimal but when they do it numerous times, it adds up.
if i were you, i would call the restaurant to let the manager or owner know. if the server has done it before and the management approached them, the server could say it was an error. if it continues to happen, then they would know it was a scam.
Post # 13
I’m a little torn but I would tell the manager I think. If its an accident, that will probably be easy for the manager to determine. He/she likely knows the servers well enough to see through a lie, or can at least monitor it to prevent it from happening again. Who knows? Maybe it’s happened before and the manager is waiting for confirmation.
Post # 14
I don’t know I think for 90 cents I let it go, I think it easily could have been a mistake and I would give this server who gave you great service benefit of the doubt.
Post # 15
Although it could have been a mistake – I’ve seen this as a scam and they are counting on IF you check, you’ll assume it’s just that – a mistake.
The scam I’ve seen was reversing the cent transactions on the register if the ones places was higher than the tens.
10.26 turns into 10.62. 11.91 stays 11.91.
This way some are accurate and some are dislexic “mistakes”
This was done on a cashier’s till systematically every shift. The employee was pocketing $100+ a day.
Post # 16
Sounds like an accident. Once I (as a server) was typing in CC recipets,and instead of 9.99 I put in 99.99. Total accident, and I FREAKED THE HELL OUT and called the CC immediately and told them what happened. They fixed it obviously. If a shifty server was going to upcharge you, they would do it for more then .90