$3 isn't a significant amount of money...it might cover a drink and a candy bar at a convenience store...or lunch money for Aidan...or a visit from the tooth fairy...really it's not that much, EXCEPT when you figure out that a restaurant you visited stole it from you. Recently I went and got take out from a local mexican restaurant and the bill was $17 dollars and some change. I paid with my debit card and went on my way. I balanced my checkbook, logged my transaction and noted that it was pending on my account and threw away my receipt. As I was again balancing my checkbook a few nights ago I noticed that once the transaction was no longer pending it was $3 greater in the deduction. I called the restaurant and they pulled my ticket and reported that it had a $3 tip written on it. Now I certainly leave a tip for when I sit down in a restaurant but NEVER when I get take out. I knew that I didn't write it. They asked me to come to the restaurant today and look at the ticket. I did...and it was definitely not my handwriting...it had a 3 with a dash next to it..I never do that. So they apologized and gave me back my $3 and I went on my way. I really wanted to say more but didn't. I am hoping this will prompt a meeting with their staff and that it won't happen again. I almost always write a '0' on the tip line when I am not giving one and failed to this time and someone took advantage of that. I am sure I am not the only one this has happened too, but I am also sure that many will not catch the difference in their checking account and the thief will continue to steal. I am mad, but I will give them another chance and I will definitely be more careful next time......geez we shouldn't have to worry about stuff like this, if only people were honest!
2 days ago