Unfiltered Story #122393

, , , | Unfiltered | October 6, 2018

(I’m a bartender, so getting low or no tips comes with the territory. Other customers always make up for the cheap ones, so you move on. However, I always remember faces. A week prior to this, a guest paid his tab with a gift card which had a remaining balance of $2.78 on it. He wrote $6.00 in the tip portion, so he meant well, but obviously I could only claim the $2.78. He returned, and when it came time to pay, he pulled out the same gift card.)

Guest: “I’m not sure what is left on this.”

Me: *swipes card* “There’s nothing on this card, sir.”

Guest: *angrily hands me credit card* “There should be, I know I didn’t use it all last time.”

Me: “Sir, last time I’m fairly positive you paid with this card, there was a remaining balance of $2.78, which you left as the tip.”

Guest: “That is not possible, I always tip very well.”

Me: “Yes, sir, you did write $6.00 as the tip last week.”

Guest: *nods and sighs exasperatedly*

Me: “But the system does not allow me to claim an amount greater than what is left on the card. I do apologize, but there is nothing left on this gift card. There is nothing I can do. If you feel this is incorrect, the number for our corporate office is on your receipt. Again, I do apologize for the misunderstanding, and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.”

(At this point, I hand him his card and slips back, and go outside to smoke because I’m a little frustrated. The man is always impeccably dressed and drives a wonderful vehicle, so I’m a perturbed that he complained about money. I return inside, look at the credit slip. He originally had wrote $0 for the tip, but I’m assuming he couldn’t go through with that, and crossed it out to write in $8.00 instead. I appreciated it of course, but the whole situation was just odd.)

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