Waiter helped himself to a larger tip on card! Caused an overdraft….wow

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It was probably an honest mistake.  A 2 and a 5 can sometimes look similar if they are written messy.  The manager did the right thing by offering you gift cards and refunding the difference, as well as being willing to smooth it over with your bank. 

I highly doubt he was trying to steal from you.

Post # 4
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I personally haven’t had that happen. I would imagine that worker would be fired on grounds of fraud, right? I would even get a hold of someone at corprate.

Post # 5
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

WOW. That is really shocking. I would expect that server to be fired. The restaurant could be facing a suit, so I’d expect them to cover their asses.

Post # 6
8658 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

This happened to us at BWW once!!!! We actually called and the manager apologized and said he’d had complaints about the waiter and we had to come in again and get our whole bill covered. They gave us cash actually. We asked about the waiter and we think he got fired. Poor guy, but karma…. I don’t know what you can do about overdraft. Maybe try and talk with BWW and see if they’ll comp you for it in gift card or something but I doubt your bank will be helpful. You never know! Sorry about this. 🙁

Post # 7
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MsYankee:  Was it really busy that night? That’s probably the only explanation I can offer for the waiter getting confused. Otherwise, it’s kind of an a-hole waiter as he got $4 CASH meaning no paper trail of tip. Many waiters would be grateful for that method of tipping… I would think.

Post # 8
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@abbie017:  +1

Mistakes happen. I wouldn’t necessarily assume this guy was trying to steal from you. Regardless, though, that’s a pain in the butt. I hope he gets the overdraft money back – I remember back in college how often that would happen to me. I HATE giving banks even more money than they already have!

Post # 9
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MsYankee:  I have had it happen a few times. Once I went to a nail salon that added several dollars in addition to the generous tip I left. When I confronted them about it they didn’t seem at all concerned with the legal issues at hand and said that is how much they thought they were owed (yes they really said that). They refused to refund my card the additional amount however when I again reiterated the fact that is was illegal to add a value higher than the total they gave me the money back in cash.When I posted about it on Yelp they actually started accusing me of lying! Oh vey.

There have been other times where I assumed it was a careless mistake as well. As someone who was a server for several years at a high end restaurant I was determined to never allow this to happen, I certainly didn’t want my honestly and integrity questioned!

Really when it comes down to it you have to check everything. I keep all reciepts and while DH thinks I am crazy I refuse to let something slide like this. I am glad you caught it and they are willing to rectify the mistake.

Post # 10
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

It was probably an honest mistake, hopefully anyway.

It could be worse! My friend went in for a meal at a really nice place with her family, paid for what she had which came out to something like $40. The next day she realized they charged her 300 something dollars. They wouldn’t even believe that she didn’t buy that much until she showed them her receipt. Because of her I ALWAYS keep my receipts until I see everything go through the bank nicely.

Post # 11
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MsYankee:  I always keep my food receipts for this reason.  It happened to my FIL.  But it was deliberate and not a mistake.  He held onto his reciept and took it to the restaurant a day or 2 later who convienently couldnt find their copy.  I know the police were eventually involved.  Btw, that restaurant doesnt exist anymore.


Post # 13
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MsYankee:  A $7 and a $2 could also look similar.  I also don’t think an $11 tip is that absurd.  Maybe he thought you were just being generous!

Post # 14
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@abbie017:  +1. 

It really sounds like an honest mistake at such a small amount.  I’d drop it, the manager has already taken care of it and compensated with gift cards.  I hope the bank reverses the overdraft fee, though.

Post # 15
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Never had it happen but I don’t like jumping to the conclusion that he stole. It was probably an honest mistake and if it wasn’tm others will notice and he will get what’s coming to him. A 2 and a 7 can easily be mistaken.

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