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Subject:  Re: Fraud? Date:  11/17/1999  12:33 PM
Author:  AntiTrader Number:  20002 of 312161


Thanks for the reply.

In response, (i) I am sure the restaurant/waiter would find any additional money to be an exceptable tip, and (ii) I did not make it clear that I had paid cash instead with the exception of crossing out the top on the receipt.

Being in their shoes, I would probably have been insulted to think that someone would have eaten and not left a tip. I should have made it clear. However, as TMFPokey pointed out, there is no legal (that I am aware of, I am sure you can answer this) obligation from to pay a tip. Moral yes, but not legal. If I felt that I had horrible service and bad food, I should be free to not leave a tip. I would never do this, but it is my right.

My only real problem is that they changed my signed receipt. I have spoken to the manager, and he was less than helpful but he said that he would credit my card the money. This is as far as I will probably go with them. If they don't do it, I doubt I would go through the trouble to get back $7 through disputing with AMEX.

I think the reason this burns me is that in the last 3 months I have 5 different establishements mis-recored either a charge on a card or a written check, all of them in their favor (I am an architect and have very neat handwriting, so it shouldn't be misread). Most have been between .03 and 1.20. Very small sure, but I am beginning to wonder if this has become a new trick to making a slight edge on profit. Of course this is just my paranoid side talking....

Thanks again,
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