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We have a money saving tip for you today – and one that could also possibly prevent you from being a victim of a scam. We were having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in town here in Florida, and because we’re frequent customers, we often hang out and talk with the owner. In this case, we had just paid for the meal, and the owner reminded us to take our receipt. We had paid by credit card, and didn’t think we really needed the receipt – however, he insisted.
He proceeded to tell us that there are a few restaurants whose staff will take a credit card transaction and change or add the gratuity on the credit card transaction. We asked why, and he proceeded to explain that some of these staff members will feel it’s justified if the customer was unreasonable or didn’t leave what they considered a big enough tip.
In other cases, there are simply some dishonest folks out there.
While he doesn’t think it’s widespread, he said that what has happened is that they’ll change the amount of the tip if the person hasn’t taken their receipt, and there is nothing to back up a dispute if the customer sees a discrepancy on their credit card statement.
Also, our friend said that a number of people don’t check their credit card statements against the receipt, and never notice if there is a dollar or 2 or 3 added to the line item since a lot of folks don’t necessarily remember every penny they spent on a meal.
So, he said that it is his restaurant’s policy to insist that the customer physically take a copy of the final receipt with them, and that he also encourages people to be on the lookout for this type of practice.
Because we live in a hugely popular and densely populated tourist destination that has hundreds of thousands of visitors for every event week, and there are hundreds if not a thousand restaurants of all levels of quality and service, it makes sense to be aware of one’s surroundings anyway – and this is just one more thing we can be aware of that could potentially save us a few dollars – not to mention reduce the potential for being scammed while trying to enjoy a nice meal out.
Hopefully this tip is helpful! I can tell you that from here on in, we certainly shall be a bit more aware!