Quickly Spot Restaurant Tip Fraud On Your Credit Card Statement

Punny Money has a neat, simple trick for protecting yourself from restaurant tip fraud, which is when a waiter will change the numbers on your credit card receipt in order to increase his tip. The best way to prevent it is to match all your monthly receipts to your statement, but you can use this simple checksum technique to scan a statement and quickly spot any suspicious transactions without referring to your receipts.

Figure your tip as you normally would, then adjust it up or down just enough so that when you total the bill with the tip, the last digit in the total is the same as the sum of all the digits to the left of the decimal. Here are some examples of totals that have had checksummed tips added (and be sure to read the original post for more details if you’re confused).

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It won’t protect you 100%, especially if your waiter happens to know the trick and is willing to put the work into changing the receipt in a way that will keep the checksum valid. But it’s a good way to add an extra layer of protection against this sort of theft. In fact, we imagine you could create your own checksum rule if you don’t want to use one that’s made its way around the blogosphere.

“Fight Thieving Restaurant Servers With Checksum Tips” [Punny via Boingboing]
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  1. UpsetPanda says:

    Tt used to be that restaurants did carbon copies. Heck, when I was a kid I remembered mom doing the carbon copy thing. You get a receipt with several layers, and whatever you wrote on the receipt would get passed onto the layers underneath. Now, I get three slips of paper. This makes it MUCH easier for sneaky individuals to change numbers around.

    One way that you can help yourself is really by writing the amount you tip and then, like a check, spelling it out. Since it’s unlikely that a dishonest person will add mere cents to their tip, if your total is $23.50, write ‘tip: twenty three’ under it. You might get funny looks, or you might get laughed at, but you never know who might see if they can get a little extra on the side.

  2. “and be sure to red the original post for”

  3. alvarotobias says:

    I also been writing out the full amount of the tip on the receipt for a long time, and spelling out the amount, and have not had any problems with numbers being massaged.

  4. dukegreene says:

    How pervasive is this shady practice, really? I have a sick memory for numbers, so I just round tips for an even dollar total and double check when the payment posts online. Maybe I’m naive, but I was under the impression that servers don’t try to screw you unless you tip like a stingy bastard. Either way, I suppose my freakish memory and lavish gratuity will keep me from knowing absolute truth on this one.

  5. Oregon says:

    I read the entire post, it was ironic that they said to contact the restaurant last and this was optional. No restaurant wants the rep of being a place that’s employee’s steal tips from its customers. I hear from customers that check their balance on line and see that the amount is higher then the receipt slip. A common practice by some banks is to pre-approve a higher amount from restaurants (+25%) until the actual charge processes. When the actual charge finalizes that 25% add on is reversed. This article would have you call the police and your credit card company first. I am not sure what kind of restaurants these folks frequent but as a hotel food and beverage director for 30 years I have only seen isolated cases of this and have fired on the spot anyone caught stealing.

    I see thousands of dollars in charges daily and from my experience this is more Urban legend then reality.
    FYI :Also I see that more people use Visa cards then M.C. I also see in reviewing charges and tips that a bill paid with a M.C. is more then likely to have a far lower tip percentage

  6. SOhp101 says:

    I’ve never even heard of this type of fraud happening, although I’ve thought about this situation a few times.

  7. Buran says:

    I’ve seen posts on “customers suck” type sites in which servers justify this behavior by whining about bad tipping and how they’re owed the tip, blah blah blah.

    It is unbelievable how the “industry” is full of entitlement whores who will stoop to rightly illegal behavior to get what they think they deserve.

    If you steal, you deserve to not only lose it all, your job, but have to pay restitution to your victims and all chance to get another similar job in the future. Maybe even jail.

  8. jasonorl says:

    I get a lot of restaurant gift cards (as rewards for using my credit card) and I had the server add a couple dollars to the tip when I paid with a gift card. This is a little harder to keep track of so I started keeping the receipts until the card was used up and also I write what the new balance should be (after tip) on the card with a pen so next time I know how much should be left and can easily spot a discrepancy.

  9. beavis88 says:

    Keep your receipts. Period.

    (Neat trick, though)

  10. redragon104 says:

    Not to go completely off topic, but has anyone else noticed the large amount of restaurants charging delivery fees? I always thought it was a ploy to ensure that people tip, so I would simply subtract that amount from the tip. After searching online, I found out that the delivery fees actually go to the restaurants and I had been ripping off the delivery guy that whole time. Anyway, I pay the full tip now, at least I’m the one getting ripped off, instead of the delivery guy.

  11. Sidecutter says:

    Is this necessary? I’ve never, even been to a restauraunt where one would tip and *not* received both a copy of the reciept I add the tip to (either for me to fill out as well or a direct carbon copy of what I do fill out) *and* a final reciept with the end total showing as a charge to the card. If they don’t match, there’s a problem. But it’s obvious when they don’t.

  12. JeffCarr says:

    I just round mine up to the next 10 dollars most of the time. It’s usually pretty obvious if they pad another 10 bucks on to their tip.

  13. e-gadgetjunkie says:

    Or, you could all be nice to your servers, tip generously and forget all this paranoia.

  14. specialed5000 says:

    All credit card systems that I have ever worked with (the company I work for provides point of sale software to restaurants) whether it is integrated into a point of sale system, or a stand alone credit card terminal, will allow the server to re-print the check including tip. I always ask for a printed copy to verify that the tip they entered into the card system is the same as what I wrote in on the check. Not foolproof, since most systems allow servers to change this amount after the fact (often requiring a password/approval from a manager), but it helps, and if nothing else it will let the server know that you are someone who pays attention to this kind of stuff.

  15. kerry says:

    My boyfriend used to make his totals all come out to palindromes. We tip generously, but that doesn’t mean some people won’t be extra greedy.
    I’ve never had someone enter my total with tip incorrectly in their favor, though there are a few times I’ve looked at my statement and seen that what I had written down was 50 cents more than what they charged me. Never sure who was wrong, but at least it’s in my favor.

  16. 4dSwissCheese says:

    @Sidecutter: The point is that this gives you a quick way to verify that they charged the correct amount just by looking at your monthly statement, rather than having to pull out all your receipts monthly.

  17. I had a friend who worked in the sort of restaurant that attracted high-maintenance, easily angered older customers (it was on the Upper East Side in NYC, unsurprisingly). One day after a particularly nasty party of diners left her no tip, after running her ragged, she lost her temper and changed their receipt. She was fired over it, but luckily (for her) the restaurant caught it before the diners did and corrected it immediately.

    There’s no way to justify tip fraud, but I could see why she was driven to do it. Imagine investing an hour or more of hard work for customers who are determined to treat you badly—usually at the expense of the other diners in the restaurant—and then making only a couple of bucks for the hour. I’m not surprised that tip fraud happens. Based on what she told me, it’s the least of your worries if you anger your waiter.

  18. Narockstar says:

    I’m usually way too drunk by the end of a meal to do math like that. I usually round to an even 10 or 5 dollars and I only use my bank card so it posts within a few days and I can check it. I also worked in a lot of restaurants through college and after and there were so many people who either accidentally or purposefully added the tip wrong and my managers would make me charge whatever amount was smaller. It sucked to give up the extra money because of bad math.

  19. jtrouch says:

    Heck, the guy at my local Red Robin didn’t even try to hide his number change. He simply rounded the entire bill to the next even $5 amount. The manager(now long gone) told me he couldn’t find the transaction, etc. Long and short; they eventually quit responding to phone calls and emails…even at the corporate level. It is the only time it’s happened to me. Hmmmmm?

  20. loueloui says:

    A lot of times I will round up to the next whole dollar, or issue a tip which will make the dollars and cents the same, for example $17.17 or $54.45. This is kinda easy to spot if you’re looking for it, but then again if they’re looking for it maybe they will notice you’ve put some effort into keeping track of their tip.

  21. valthun says:

    I have been to many countries where tips are not allowed for services where tips are normal. Since the staff are paid a regular wage where tips are not required to get by. If that was more the norm in this country this type of fraud wouldn’t be an issue.

    However the staff must earn the tip from me. I will normally tip, but how you treat me will determine the amount I will tip. If I receive bad service a low tip, good service a higher tip. I am not a demanding sort and if the place is not busy then there is no reason to ignore me. I understand lapses in a busy place.

  22. Namrepus says:

    Umm what about those of us that are Heavy Tippers?

    Cause I normally tip 20% using a formula my dad taught me. Basically. Move teh decimal to the left one pace, drop the last number, and double the ammount.

  23. gingerCE says:

    I’ve never heard of this happening either. The only type of tip fraud I’ve seen is where restaurants add the 15% tip but neglect to tell you that they’ve done so. I was at a restaurant and, in tiny print on the menu, it said a 15% gratuity would be automatically added to parties of 6 or more. Well, we were a party of 6 and when the bill came I looked specifically to see if a tip had been added. I couldn’t tell so I roughly had to calculate each person’s meal and sure enough, a 15% stip had been added but the way the bill came it was deceptive. I made sure we didn’t leave any additional tip (also because the service wasn’t very good) but I wondered if others hadn’t fallen for the double tipping practice.

  24. FLConsumer says:

    The only restaurant problem I’ve ever encountered was at a Taco Hell where the credit card got billed for $2 more than the actual receipt. Fortunately I kept the receipt in my totally disorganised pile of receipts and called up the Taco Hell manager. He claimed his workers would never do such a thing. I called Visa and did a chargeback. Hope it was worth it to the Taco Hell manager.

  25. mgyqmb says:

    @JeffCarr: What if you have a bill for $11?

    I’d love to be your waiter.

  26. karmaghost says:

    What I’ve had happen is you order drinks and start a tab during happy hour and then close the tab after happy hour ends and you get charged full price for all the drinks.

  27. ceejeemcbeegee is not here says:

    When I used to wait tables, it happened all the time. I was too scared of getting caught to do it myself, but in my 3 years of waiting I never heard of someone who got busted.

    That’s why when I tip, I always write CASH on the Tip line, write the correct amount on the Total line, then leave a cash tip. Also, many restaurants won’t give a waiter their credit card tips until the next pay period (I’m looking at you TGIF), yet they are expected to tip out the bar and busboy that day. So cash ensures the waiter has their money at the end of their shift.

  28. jpx72x says:

    Easiest way to combat this sort of fraud is to pay the tip in cash and write out “zero” in the tip window.

  29. timmus says:

    @Buran said: I’ve seen posts on “customers suck” type sites in which servers justify this behavior by whining about bad tipping and how they’re owed the tip, blah blah blah.

    Yeah… there’s such a blog that I enjoyed for awhile but then I started getting really irritated by all the whining over tips.

    Interestingly where I’ve encountered credit card fraud lately has been with hotels, not restaurants.

  30. mojohealy says:

    come live in New Zealand.
    1) credit card purchases appear instantly on your account, so you can check all your purchases daily online.
    2) we don’t tip.

  31. lifeimit8smusic says:

    At the restaurant I work at, we actually have the customer fill out the tip and total on the check before we run the card. That way, the slip the customer is signing has the total, including the charged tip listed so there’s no question. I know some people may not necessarily like having to fill out the tip in front of the server, but company policy is to just ask for them to bring the total down, step away for a second, and come back once they’re done filling it out. Most people say we’re the only restaurant to do this. If they ask why, we just explain that it’s to protect them so they know how much has been charged. Most people are appreciative.

  32. darkclawsofchaos says:

    so lesson is, pay cash, can’t really rip you off that way

  33. balthisar says:

    I tip according to the circumstances, and as such, this has (knock-on-wood) never happened to me. I have very few bad experiences, but on the couple that I’ve had, thank goodness I had cash to pay with!

    @timmus: heh, only place it’s ever happened to me was a hotel. A hotel in Arizona. While on a trip there while visiting from Mexico, where I was living, where fraud was never perpetrated against me (couldn’t even bribe the federale over a speeding ticket).

  34. junkmail says:

    @ceejeemcbeegee: Yeah, I worked there too. Worst freakin’ sh*thole EVAR. Picked up a few nice addictions thanks to that place.

  35. guevera says:

    Tip with cash. Pay cash so they can under-report it for their taxes. Helps stretch that tip an extra 10-15%. It’s soooo scummy that restaurants can get away with shamelessly underpaying their employees then expect customers to make up the difference with tips.

  36. IFoughtThePope-ThePopeWon says:

    Having worked in restaurants since I was a wee little lad, I have seen on several occasions a waiter/waitress not bother to even enter the change into the credit card machine when charging tips. For example, if the bill came to $14.99, and the customer left a $1.01 tip to round out the charge, the waiter would not bother to enter the single cent. This, of course, would defeat the checksum. And I know some waiters who actually get offended if someone includes change in a tip. (Of course I live and work on Nantucket where we heat our homes in the winter by burning twenty dollar bills.)

  37. VoxPopuli says:

    This happened to my sister at a touristy Chicago restaurant in the Loop. The charge was mysteriously $15 more than the amount + tip amount on her receipt, which she saved because she’s über-organized. It wasn’t like it was even an honest mistake of bad math or transposed numbers. It took several days of phone calls to get it reversed.

    I wouldn’t want to smear the restaurant. But I’d pay cash at the Weber Grill, is all I’m saying for totally unrelated reasons.

  38. Digitamer81 says:

    As a restaurant server, I find other servers who do this to be reprehensible. I make awesome money without resorting to fraud. Those that do are trash, and I suggest reporting anything like that to both the fraud dept. of your credit card or bank, and to report it to the police.

    RagingServer.com

  39. ceejeemcbeegee is not here says:

    @junkmail: Word. Didn’t ya just LOVE your “minimum wage” that is actually HALF minimum wage.

    @lifeimit8smusic: Great system… wish other restaurants would follow suit.

    @Namrepus: I’m the same way. I’ve get great Kharma because of it.

  40. Buran says:

    @Chris Walters: Messing with peoples’ food is even less acceptable since health is then put at risk. Maybe even lives, if you trigger someone’s allergy. Does your friend want to be guilty of involuntary manslaughter? It could happen. I’m surprised it hasn’t already.

  41. Buran says:

    @VoxPopuli: I’m going to Chicago tomorrow. I will not be going to the Weber Grill, just because of this tip.

  42. SpaceCowgirl01 says:

    I’ve been told to be sure to write out the dollar sign in the tip and total lines, so no one can tack anything on at the front. Since at most restaurants you don’t see them ring up your bill at the register in front of you, paying and tipping in cash may be the only way to really ensure no one’s messing around with how much you’re paying.

  43. @Buran: I’m not saying she tampered with food. I’m saying she told me stories. In the restaurant world, there are always stories. And they’re frequently scary.

  44. dirtymoney says:

    I RARELY go out to eat anymore, but it has happened at the one place I DO go to & tip. Ihop…. yeah… Ihop. I stop by there once a week to pick up a togo order & I always tip a dollar (even though I dont think putting together a to-go order that I have to walk in to pick up hardly deserves a tip). I always get the same thing so I know exactly how much my order costs with my usual tip. Well once when reviewing my Credit card statement…. I noticed one ihop bill was about 3 bucks more than it should be. I called the ihop immediately & after a day of checking…. the manager said that the waitress mistakenly hit 4 on the keypad (when tallying up the tips) instead of a 1. I dont know if it was actually an accident or not, but I have never seen that waitress working there since.

    I have worked in restaurants & let me tell you waiters/waitresses can be some of the slimiest people there are. ESPECIALLY people employed in the waitstaff services agencies . We have had people’s purses stolen,personal property stolen and credit card numbers stolen etc. etc.. by waitstaff. Many are often known for having drug/drinking problems & are quite often transitory in their jobs.

    So i can FULLY believe that some waitstaff DO give themselves bigger tips by changing the tip amount on a credit card reciept.

    Note: now this may not apply to good old wanda that has been working at the local greasy spoon for 10 years, but it sure as hell does apply to a lot of wanna-be-actor waitresses/waiters in the city who change their waitstaff jobs often.

    why do you think that the trend is now so that the cashier or waiter never has a chance to physically hold your credit card anymore & will instead have you skim the card thru a reader?
    Because credit card # theft has happened mostly in retail shops & restaurants. If they are stealing credit card numbers…. then padding the tip they get is not out of the realm of possibility.

  45. gacompguy says:

    @jpx72x:
    Actually, the easiest way to avoid the problem is to just pay cash. Kind of hard to screw you over if you pay cash. Besides, everyone I know that has waited tables would much rather have cash.

  46. Snakeophelia says:

    My favorite was the waiter who tried to run my card through the system three times, then came back and told me that my card was rejected. Turns out it was because the charge went through all three times and 3x the total cost of the meal (I was paying for the group) was more than what I had in that account. I didn’t realize that was the problem, so I paid in cash, checked my balance later that day, and had a very confident and loud-voiced friend call the place back later and give them hell so I could get my money back. And this was a very nice restaurant, too, catering to executives and business travelers.

  47. Sidecutter says:

    @4dSwissCheese: Yes, but if you checked the reciept at the time of the sale and it matched *then*, it wil be the same on your statement. If they’ve changed it, which is nearly impossible if you have that final, totaled reciept that matches the itemized reciept on which the tip was entered, it will clearly show up when you check your actual bank balances against the balances your own records say you should have. And there is no excuse for not tracking your purchases and balance on your own. At which point you balance your “checkbook” (debit account log, whatever you consider it) just like you would (hopefully) do now and again anyway, thus exposing the exact cause, finding your reciept (which you should be keeping anyway for a few years) and going after them for it.

  48. Shadowman615 says:

    I bartended all through college, and I remember at least one instance of someone being fired for this. Honestly, I couldn’t see it being worth the risk of losing a job or even legal troubles for a few bucks.

    @gacompguy: These days it doesn’t matter much to the staff in most restaraunts. Usually the tips are all turned into cash by the end of the day, whether paid in credit or cash.

  49. Starfury says:

    I will pay cash when eating out 90% of the time. When I do use my CC I will leave a cash tip and just put the bill amount on the card. I’ll also check the receipt against the statement to make sure I was not overcharged.

  50. karry says:

    I carry a hot pink Sharpie with me (big purse) and I use that to sign all my charge slips. Kinda hard for them to mess with that.

  51. junkmail says:

    @IFoughtThePope-ThePopeWon: Where the hell do you work? I worked at Peter Piper (closed now), and Nantucket Inn, and barely made enough to support my alcoholism, lol. Of course with rent being around $2K a month for a basement of a house, and gas being double the price of anywhere else in the nation, is it any wonder?

    @ceejeemcbeegee: No kidding. Would’ve been less offensive if they just didn’t pay us at all.

  52. savvy999 says:

    While the topic is hot– this is the place to ask. Servers and waitpersons: If I call in an order from a restaurant, and pick it up myself, is a tip expected?

    I’ve always been confused about that. So sometimes I do tip a buck or two, and sometimes I don’t. Depends on the place, whether I’m feeling generous, whether I’m using cash/charge, etc.

    What’s the final word on pick-up orders?

  53. johnva says:

    @dirtymoney: Plus my understanding is that this kind of fraud can result in a chargeback of the ENTIRE bill from a credit card company. So when someone on the wait staff is committing fraud, they are potentially opening their employer up to losing the money for the entire bill. Seems pretty dumb to me when it’s so easy to get caught (there is a paper trail).

  54. Little Miss Moneybags says:

    I put an x or write cash in the tip line when leaving a tip on the table, because a restaurant lost me as a customer for leaving a zero.

    I ate at a former favorite restaurant, put a zero in the tip line, and left $8 or so on the table (almost 20% and more than the waitress really deserved as I had to flag down a busboy twice for more water–she was too busy flirting with the bartender). When the charge showed up it was about $10 more than I had signed for. Apparently, DESPITE my leaving a cash tip on the table, the waitress claimed I had not tipped her at all, so she added a “1″ onto my zero to give herself a $10 tip (plus the $8 she picked up off the table).

    I spoke with the manager who didn’t seem concerned that I had left a tip on the table and didn’t authorize the $10 tip added to the bill, so I did a chargeback and haven’t gone back to the restaurant since.

  55. kastickboy says:

    I always take the customer copy home with me, marked with the same tip amount as the store copy. Waiters usually do this when you leave both copies on the table, as there is no way for you to prove to your CC company that you left X amount of dollars for your tip.

    Or write a big X for the tip, add the original price to the Total box and then leave a cash tip on the table. This helps your waiter/waitress more since most restaurants now charge the waiter/waitress a few % of their CC tips to offset the Visa/MC/Discover/Amex fee that they charge the restaurants(anywhere from 3.25% to 6%).

  56. skittlbrau says:

    I had a waiter who gave us unacceptibly lousy service (food was cold, attitude, we told him we were in a hurry to catch a flight and he ignored us, etc) so I gave him a tip that reflected this. (and no, I didn’t stiff him, I tipped about 10% instead of my usual 20%).

    He changed the tip amount on the card. I called the restaurant and raised hell with the manager. The waiter was fired, and he damn well should have been. What waiters are doing when they do that is no different then going through a wallet and stealing money. Good riddence.

  57. clementine says:

    What do you all think about what Luby’s is now doing? For those of you who are not familiar with Luby’s, it is a cafeteria chain. I go through the line and order my own food and carry it on a tray to my table. They now have a ‘waitstaff’ who go around to the tables and ask if you need a straw (I never take the straw – I’m a bit too old for one of those) and is everything ok. THEN they ask how much I want to tip the so-called waitstaff as you pay your bill at the register on the way out. A tip – and for what exactly? I have no problem tipping anywhere else, but tipping because someone offers me a straw and inquires if I have had a good day? Would you or would you not tip for this? Sometimes I will tip for this, sometimes not.

  58. DanGarion says:

    Or you could just write the total of your bill with the Tip on the receipt you keep. Since if you actaully balance your checkbook or keep your receipts that’ have a paper trail.

  59. KingPsyz says:

    @Chris Walters:

    There’s no way to justify tip fraud, but you did anyway…

    ATTN SERVICE INDUSTRY EMPOLYEES:
    You are not entitled a tip, it’s not the consumers fault you agreed to work for sub-standard wages on the chance you would make it up in tips for your *cough* “stellar service”.

    A tip is a gratuity for good service, which means it’s earned not implied.

    I tip fairly well, when I am served fairly well. If I have a waiter who ignores me, they get a small tip if any. If I get a waiter who does their job and provides a service, than they get tipped well.

    And for those who say this has never happened, either a) you don’t go out very often, b) pay only in cash, or c) it has happened to you and you didn’t catch it.

    I have caught it several times, and in fact most buisnesses could care less, even when confronted with proof.

    I have found the best method is to write large easily determined numbers with lots of right angles when available and putting the $ right in front of the first digit leaving no room for rewrites.

    If it’s a place I was messed with before on tip totals, I also write it out as mentioned earlier. If I feel like it’s more than likely I’m gonna get hit somewhere I plan ahead and bring cash or put a big fat 0 with a line through it and write no tip below then tip with cash.

  60. Morton Fox says:

    I pay both the restaurant bill and tip in cash so I don’t have to worry about it later. Besides, cash is good for Where’s George.

  61. Eric Lai says:

    For those of you who use American Express when dining out, look at your account online. I remember that for most of the places where it’s an option to leave a tip, you can click on a little + symbol next to that particular transaction to expand it, and it’ll break down your total and tip individually. Not sure if it does this all the time, but I thought it came in handy.

  62. Narockstar says:

    @Snakeophelia:

    Did they actually charge your card three times, or just put in the request three times? Because that’s another old trick we used to do. If your customer is a total jerk, on some computer systems, you can repeatedly scan the card until you max out the card with verifications. That way the jerk will get stranded on the way home when he can’t buy any gas or they can’t buy drinks at the next bar they go to. The card is only really charged once later when you complete the transaction.

  63. UpsetPanda says:

    @karry: That’s a pretty good idea! Also, most restaurants use black or blue pens…I’ve usually got a purple or a red pen with me, I think this might make a good amount of sense. It doesn’t muck with their system of input either, so no one should get pissy. And if they do, gee, gotta wonder why…

  64. mistaketv says:

    This is one of those things that, to me, is not worth the time or effort of worrying about. The risk or potential damage to me is not high enough to justify the extra effort of spending time adding checksum digits, not to mention the emotional consequences of living my life as if everyone is out to screw me.

    In other words, I’d rather run the risk of having someone steal a few bucks from me than have to be a receipt-keeping digit-adding anal-retentive d-bag.

  65. Brad2723 says:

    Easier way: Write the tip amount on YOUR copy of the receipt also. Save it and compare once the charge posts on your statement.

  66. ShadowArmor says:

    My parents (generous tippers) took me to Blackies, on a $150 tab, my parents tipped about $30. The waitress changed it to $80.

    My parents caught the attempt and informed the restaurant. Turns out the girl had been doing it for quite a few months, and she was let go immediately.

    If you are waitstaff looking to steal, the best place to do it is at restaurants that serve mostly businesspeople on expense accounts. Many of them don’t ever see the monthly statement and some don’t have to present receipts.

  67. UpsetPanda says:

    @Brad2723: That is easier, but then I also have to keep track of receipts from day to day. Restaurants should install swipe machines like stores.

  68. kellyd says:

    @savvy999: As for tipping on carry-out: when I waited tables, we didn’t expect tips for to go orders, but we SURE appreciated them. I always tip on to-go and here is why.

    Restaurants love to-go orders because they don’t take up valuable table real-estate. It’s quick: make the food, box it, they’ve paid and are out the door. However, servers usually end up having to drop everything they’re doing for the diners who will be tipping them in order to get that to-go order from the kitchen asap. AND servers usually end up having to box all the stuff up, make a to-go salad, drinks, condiments, etc. SO it’s like you think that because somebody didn’t wait on you the whole time, there should be no tip. But actually, the server is getting behind on serving the sit-down diners while preparing your food. SO I always tip to-go.

    As for the main part of the post: I waited tables for years in a college town. Most of the people in that area were great tippers. Sometimes, though, these kids would come and dine and tip nothing. They’d had great service, just didn’t tip. In those cases, I would give myself twenty percent knowing their parents paid their credit card bills and they’d never find out. That never backfired.

  69. Pender says:

    @kellyd: Wow. You stole money from college kids by committing credit card fraud. And you even found a way to justify it to yourself, to the extent that you’re posting just to gloat. Calling you a bad human being seems somehow inadquate.

  70. UpsetPanda says:

    @kellyd: You’re kidding, right? Seriously. You took money from other people, and you are happy to do it. What kind of scum are you? Would you want someone to take money from you? It’s never deserved, no matter how much you think it is. Even if you tipped, wouldn’t you get angry if you found out someone had taken more than you gave them? Deal with it, sometimes people are just bad tippers. That’s the way it is sometimes, life is unfair. When I worked retail, I had my hours and I was made to stay anywhere from an hour to two hours after I was supposed to get off, just because the managers felt like it. I didn’t walk around sabotaging or stealing from the store, I took my lumps and figured that I wouldn’t work there anymore once I found a different job.

    There is no excuse for stealing.

  71. morsteen says:

    If being a server is so bad, why don’t they push for higher wages? and remove the tip altogether. Get paid more and not have to rely on tips?

  72. CapitalC says:

    The subject line should be “Nerd Tipping”. ;)

  73. gman863 says:

    If you are in a party of 6 or more at one table (even if paying on seperate checks), be wary of a tip being automatically added to your ticket.
    Many menus include fine print stating “A gratuity of 15% (or more) will automatically be added for parties of 6 or more.”
    Unfortunately, some restaurats add this to the main bill on a credit card purchase, leaving the “tip” line open – a trick that, if not caught, can result in a customer tipping twice.
    Ask for and review the itemized bill before signing (and adding a tip to) the credit card receipt…and, if you do not feel the service received justifies the automatic tip amount added, ask the manager to adjust the tip amount accordingly.

  74. cuda says:

    “Or, you could all be nice to your servers, tip generously and forget all this paranoia”

    The bad guys will still add to your tip, it happens and being nice wont solve a thing.

    When it does happen call restaurant and if they give you grief just call the CC company and report the charge as fraud.