I am writing about a personal experience that occurred two weeks ago when I was dining with friends at a restaurant.
I was at dinner with three other people, but because only two people drank alcohol we wanted to review the bill closer to figure out the best way to split the meal. When we reviewed the bill, we noticed three items had been added increasing the total by about $25. We called the waiter over, but before we were able to explain which items were accidentally added our waiter said, “so sorry”, grabbed the bill, and walked away. At that point, it became clear he added the items hoping we would not notice (because he didn’t even wait for us to explain what our question was about the bill before he walked away). We split the bill and decided that since our waiter had tried to inflate his tip we were only tipping 10% each.
A few days later, I got an email from my credit card company with the subject line: “generous tip alert” (thank you Capital One!). The email showed that I had tipped almost 40%.
I was shocked. I forwarded the email to the other people who then reviewed their card statements; the charges were also higher than it should have been on their statements as well. One person from our group went to the restaurant on our behalf. The manager found the receipts from our meal and upon seeing them saw that it was obvious the waiter had added the number 2 in front our original tip, taking the tip from $8 dollars to $28, and re-wrote over the total. The restaurant was VERY apologetic and refunded the entire meal, no questions asked!
I never would have thought someone would try to do this, and I am hoping this waiter was fired since he committed fraud, but it does not prevent his from getting a job elsewhere. I generally have a lot of faith in the service industry and I hope this guy is a lone wolf, but I have no idea if this is a “thing” or not. While we caught both of his attempts to screw us over, I could easily see things like this going undetected. First, had we not consumed an uneven amount of booze we would not have reviewed the bill as closely; second, none of my other friends credit cards alerted them to the large tip; and lastly, if the waiter had added the number 1 instead of the number 2 ($10 dollars instead of $20), my credit card would never have caught it and honestly at the end of the month I might not have either.”
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District Cutlery is celebrating their 10th and 11th anniversaries this week (we forgot last year) and offering customers 25% off all sharpening services. Walk-in service at Union Market is welcome or you can make arrangements for mail-in service on their website. Typical turn-around is less than an hour (but sometimes the queue gets long).
DMV’s professional chefs and passionate home cooks have trusted the District Cutlery with their knives for over 10 years. You can see pictures of their work @districtcutlery Instagram. They also specialize in sharpening styling shears, scissors and smaller garden tools and axes.
Girls in Gear is a Non-Profit that teaches girls age 5+ life skills through bike skills. We aim to get your girl to fall in love with herself, her friends, and her bike! Registration is open across the DMV for our eight-week program that starts the weekend of September 23rd. Programming runs for 90 minutes once a week on a weekend morning.
All abilities of riders – balance bikes, training wheels, two wheels, road-bike pros and everything in between – are welcome. We are non-competitive and focus on having fun no matter what your level of riding is. We pride ourselves in being a low-cost program and also have a no-questions-asked scholarship policy that includes bikes and helmets if needed.
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