(Closed) Server Increased Their Own Tip: Thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 11
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

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
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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

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