A North Carolina couple says a waitress forged her tip after they decided not to leave her one.
Gerald Lester was having dinner with his wife and mother-in-law at Blue Asia on May 8, WECT reported.
"It was $67 for the total, and in the tip, I had put zero because I was going to leave her a cash tip,” Lester told WECT. "I was speaking to my wife and my mother-in-law, and they were like, 'I don't think she deserves a tip, we don't need to give her a tip, just take it back.”
But Lester said he had a feeling something was wrong after leaving the restaurant.
"So this morning, whenever I went to check my bank account because I just felt like something was fishy about it, like she was going to do something - she just gave me that vibe,” Lester explained. “I went to go check my bank statement, and, instead of the $67 which was holding, it now had a finalized payment for $80."
Lester immediately called his bank. A representative advised him to talk with the restaurant, so Lester visited Blue Asia on May 10 to talk with the owner.
"And she says, 'well here's your receipt,' and I looked at it, and as soon as I looked at it I knew it was forged, that it wasn't mine," Lester recalled.
The couple called the police. The owner of the restaurant said she had never seen anything like this happen before.
Lester and his wife said it wasn’t about the money.
“Hopefully prevent that from happening to anybody else," Lester said, adding that people should always keep their receipts and check their bank statements.