Woman Discovers Tip Amount Changed on Restaurant Receipt

'Who knows how many times she's done this'
February 3, 2016 Updated: September 27, 2017

Whitney Anderson of Salem, Virginia, went to a restaurant and noticed something odd after she handed over her credit card to a waiter.

Anderson said her family ate at Abuelo’s and noticed that more money than expected was drawn from her bank account the next day, WSLS-TV reported.

“It was $45.50 and I tipped $10 even, made it $55.50, ” said Anderson.

Anderson said she looked at her bank statement and the numbers didn’t add up as she remembered. Anderson said the amount that was withdrawn was $65.50 instead of $55.50. When she went back to the restaurant to bring her concerns to the management, she asked to see her receipt.

“I was like before you give me that, is that the merchant copy or customer copy” she said. “He looked at it, opened it and was like, ‘It’s the customer copy’.”

Anderson said her signature was forged and didn’t look like her handwriting at all. The tip line had $20 in instead of $10, which she signed for.

Being a former waitress herself, Anderson said the issue isn’t how much was tipped, but it’s about trust.

“It was almost a 25% tip and then they go behind you and fraudulently sign a name to a credit card receipt,” she told the station. “I don’t feel that’s any different than someone taking your debit card.”

Anderson issued a warning for fellow restaurant patrons in a Facebook post.

“I’m so angry that a server did this and who knows how many times she’s done this and stole money from customers!” she wrote.

She also posted a photo of the receipt. “I have been serving for 11 years now and so many people leave that blank copy of the receipt and it’s never crossed my mind to fill it out and forge their signature!”

The waitress “forged a signature that doesn’t even look like my name. I mean seriously. She could have at least tried to sign my last name Anderson,” she said.