A couple in North Carolina is accusing a waitress of forging her tip after they decided not to leave her one.
Earlier this week, Gerald Lester was eating dinner with his wife and mother-in-law at Blue Asia in Wilmington, N.C., according to WECT-TV.
“It was $67 for the total, and in the tip, I had put zero because I was going to leave her a cash tip,” Gerald Lester told the station.
He said that he was going to leave her cash, but he then reconsidered because the service was poor.
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“I was speaking to my wife and my mother-in-law, and they were like, ‘I don’t think she deserves a tip, we don’t need to give her a tip, just take it back,'” Lester added to WECT.
But after that, something didn’t seem right.
“So this morning, whenever I went to check my bank account because I just felt like something was fishy about it, like she was going to do something – she just gave me that vibe,” Lester said.
“I went to go check my bank statement, and, instead of the $67 which was holding, it now had a finalized payment for $80.”
Lester then called his bank, and someone with the bank said he has to go back and talk with the restaurant. When he spoke with Blue Asia’s owner, she handed over his receipt.
“And she says, ‘well here’s your receipt,’ and I looked at it, and as soon as I looked at it I knew it was forged, that it wasn’t mine,” Lester told the station.
They called the cops after the discovery. An official said they’d look into the matter.
The owner said she’s never seen anything like that before.
“Hopefully prevent that from happening to anybody else,” Lester said.
Last year, a restaurant in Roanoke, Va., is said to have forged a signature, changing the tip on a family’s receipt. A waitress had doubled her tip from 10 percent to 20 percent.
“It was almost a 25 percent tip, and then they go behind you and fraudulently sign a name to a credit card receipt. I don’t feel that’s any different than someone taking your debit card,” Whitney Anderson, the customer, was quoted as saying by the Daily Meal at the time.