(Closed) Vent- frustrated over bartender overtipping himself.

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

If he forged a tip without your knowledge, that’s fraud. I would call the bar and report his ass

Post # 4
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That is not cool. You should call and ask for a detailed receipt as you are pretty sure the charges are incorrect. 

Post # 5
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had this happen at the Melting Pot- the waiter wrote in a tip that I hadn’t because as a group, we left a cash tip. First- lesson learned- ALWAYS black out the tip area if you do this. Second, call the bar and demand to speak to the owner and/ or manager and explain you did not leave this tip.

I called the owner (they had just opened in our city) He wasn’t exactly falling over himself apologizing, but I just wanted my money back and he probably didn’t want me to make a bigger deal of it than I was. He refunded me and I think one of my meals. So call, you have every right to!

ETA: Luckily, I had also saved my receipt that showed I did not write anything there. Hopefully you did too! Second lesson- save your receipts until the charge appears! 🙂

Post # 6
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it was the type of credit card machine where they have to physically type in the amount then it could have jst been a mistake (think $25 rather than $15) or something like that. That happened to me a bar once and they refunded the difference and also gave me a gift certificate there to apologize for the mistake.  I have never had a bartender add in their own gratuity. 

Post # 7
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would put a stop on my credit card for those charges. I had a similar situation where the female bartender took my $20 bill and didn’t give me my $8 change back….I told her I just gave you a 20 where is my change so she gave it back to me and guess who got NO tip?!

Well actually she did get a tip- don’t steal money from customers and think you can get away with it!

Post # 8
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Totally illegal and a BIG NO. Call the bar immediately and let them know what happened. Ask for the original receipt (they have to have it on hand) to see. Bring along someone you were with. Oh, and call the bank and let them know about it too.


Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Did you check to see if they have a minimum limit on how much you can put on a card? Their minimum may have been $25 but they failed to tell you that. Although, if that’s the case they usually have a sign up to warn customers. I’d definitely call to sort it out.

Post # 10
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As a server, I have honestly “over tipped” myself by accident. You have to enter the tip written in a computer system, and it is touch screen, so sometimes there are errors. Once, I actually wrote the “total” amount in the area I was supposed to write the “tip” amount. I felt TERRIBLE when I found out about my mistake (the person called & complained, and was obviously refunded immediately).

Anyway, moral of the story, just call in and explain that there was an error with management. They will fix the problem for you immediately. They should know their staff well enough to know whether it was an honest mistake or foul play & will handle it accordingly.

Post # 11
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’d probably call and talk to the manager to see what happened – but I like giving the benefit of the doubt, so I tend to assume everything is an accident. That said, there’s no way in hell I would part so easily with my money, even if it’s only $12! I hope you can get it sorted if you choose to pursue it. If it wasn’t an accident and was intentional, there are other people he might be screwing over!

 I had a friend drunkenly take a cab home with a company taxi chit and he signed the receipt but didn’t black out the tip area. The cab driver gave himself a $100 tip for an $18 ride!! The nerve of some people!

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