Using credit cards is a risk at restaurants
My family and I met a friend at a local restaurant for dinner. After a pleasant meal and good service, we parted ways. Little did I know, I would be scammed by the server who pleasantly gave my two-year-old daughter a small bowl of ice cream "on the house."
Two days after that dinner, my husband checked our electronic banking account, as we do from time to time, and noted that the restaurant had charged us an additional $4 over the amount of the tip that I included. I called the manager and asked her to look at the receipt, only to find out that my $4 tip had been changed to $8. In essence, my 15 percent tip had been changed to 30 percent. I was told that a manager generally has to sign off on all credit card receipts, but that night, no one did.
Using credit cards poses a risk to consumers at restaurants. We can verify the amount on our ticket, but not what is actually charged until it hits our bank account. By then, it might be too late. I want to remind anybody who uses a credit card to check all amounts, not only on receipts, but on your statements to ensure that fraudulent individuals do not get away with this behavior.
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"RIP USA." This was the hand-lettered sign on the rear window of an SUV I found myself following on the highway two days after the election. I understood the sentiment. I felt the same way in 2004 when George W. Bush was re-elected. Life goes on, America goes on.