THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A waitress in North Carolina got busted taking part in what is probably one of the most unpunished, widespread types of thefts; the altering of a tip amount on a receipt.
Police say they arrested 26-year-old Judy Michelle Proffitt (ha!) after she got busted altering tip amounts left to her by customers at East Coast Wings where she waitressed. Unfortunately for Proffitt, her income was neutered after one couple she scammed did something most of us don’t and reconciled their receipts against their credit card statements.
When they found the disreprency, they contacted the manager at the restaraunt who analyzed all of Proffitt’s tickets and found that numerous tips had been altered. She was fired and police arrested her on seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense. She was held with bail set at $5,000.
Police are asking anyone who ate at the restaurant between February and June to review bank statements to check for any discrepancies. Those who feel they were scammed are asked to call 336-475-5540.
“Wow, slow news day, Morbid? Not enough baby rapers and child murderers for ya’ Morbid? Gotta go pick on some North Carolina waitress scamming 5 bucks off of someone Morbid?” Yeah, that’s right I do. So f*ck you. I have no sympathy for the common thief like Proffitt. She’s stealing from customers dealing with the same economy as the rest of us or they wouldn’t be eating at an establishment with a $.45 Wing Night. I don’t care if someone eats there and enjoys making it rain on top of their southwestern egg rolls, they don’t deserve to have money stolen from them, no matter how small the amount.
I do not reconcile my receipts because I am lazy. However, I cut down on the possibility of being scammed like this by not tipping like it’s 1950 (minimum of %15 unless the service is God-awful), tipping in cash when possible and when it’s not, I try to employ a simple checksum.
I do this by including a tip that ensures the last digit of the total equals the added digits to the left of the decimal. So if a $21.38 bill with a %15 percent tip = 24.58, I adjust the tip to 3.18 so that the total is 24.56 (2+4.5 = 6). I know it’s not foolproof but it doesn’t hurt and it makes it easy to spot shady restaurant charges on the rare occasions I do check my bank statements.
I know some of you feel that’s too much trouble for tipping purposes, but then again, I’m not a mouth-breathing moron. If you involuntarily piss your pants because your brain shifted all its resources to you performing rudimentary math in your head, then just use your friggin’ phone. Or not. Whatever.