Will Leaving a Cash Tip Open Us Up to This Kind of Fraud?

Elizabeth Scalia
The Anchoress

Because my mother was a waitress who worked for mainly for tips, when my husband and I dine out we will very often strike a line through the “tips” portion of the bill, and leave our gratuity in cash. We do this for a couple of reasons — because often food-servers need the cash to pay the babysitter when they get home; because keeping track of what tips should show up on a paycheck is difficult; because why not let people access their tips immediately?

Well, we may have to stop leaving cash, for our own protection. The question in my header is inspired by two disturbing stories linked to by Glenn Reynolds — both of which seem to suggest that if you leave a “tip” line open on a dinner charge, (or, actually, even if you don’t!) you’re inviting the sort of fraud that can bring defamation upon you…






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Related: Family Says They Did Tip Gay Server, Didn’t Leave Note

After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, a local family contacted NBC 4 New York and said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn’t write any such note…



Story of waitress stiffed for being gay a ‘fraud,’ diners say

“It’s a fraud, it’s a scam.”

That was how a New Jersey man described the story of a waitress who became a cause celebre among gay activists and their gullible media allies when she claimed to have been stiffed for a tip by customers who don’t approve of her being gay.

And he’s got the paperwork to back it up…

Update:  Surprise: Waitress Who Alleged Homophobic Receipt Crime Lies About Everything, Co-Workers Say



Update 2: Waitress Who Likely Lied About Anti-Gay Note in Lieu of a Tip is Accused of a Bigger Lie–This One Will Really Tick Off Military Vets



Update 3:  Meanwhile, Shocking discovery in hoax bias incident at Vassar College

Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes..

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