what do you do when you make a mistake on a restaurant tip?

@winterose (39918)
Canada
February 12, 2008 12:59pm CST
I just started a conversation about deja vu, or feeling like you have gone through or seen a situation before though in reality you really haven't. Well this one is deja vu with a twist, it happened before but didn't turn out the same way. I was 16 and my first love was 24. He had just gotten a credit card and he took me out for dinner. To show off he wanted to pay the dinner with a credit card. Now the credit card bill for the restaurant had a place where you add the tip of your choice to the bill, you just indicate the amount you want to put in. He didn't quite understand how to do it, and he left it blank. When he got his receipt back, he noticed he hadn't filled in the tip and he was so sorry, the waitress gave us great service and now she was not getting her tip. He went back to the manager and handed him the tip he intended on giving her, explaining he didn't realize he had to mark the tip on the bill and that she should get what was coming to her. The manager smiled and agreed he would give the tip to the waitress, the reason he didn't give it to the waitress directly was that he didn't want the manager to think that he was not giving her a tip at all. Now years later a simply situation occurred when I was out with a group of friends. One lady put what she thought was 5.00 as a tip on her credit card bill for the meal, but what she had actually done was put .50. The waiter took the bill and didn't say anything, but someone else in the group noticed her error, and mentioned you only gave .50 not 5.00, call the waiter over again before we go and give him the different you intended. Well the lady to all our surprise she said, oh well I made a mistake he got .50 not 5.00, anyhow he could quite a large tip from this table alone so he won't die and I saved some money which I really couldn't afford to spend anyhow. She did not seem to bothered by the situation. The rest of us did not say a word. what would you do if you made a mistake on the tip, would you do like my boyfriend and rectify the situation giving the money you intended to the waitress or manager, or would you say like the lady in my group, oh well I made a mistake so what.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
13 Feb 08
I would fix it as your boyfriend did. I would feel so bad to short a waitress and especially if she earned it. Now i would bet that lady would not hesitate to fix it if she'd put in 50.00 instead of 5.00.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
13 Feb 08
oh of course now, she would make sure she got her money back somehow, if that is even possible.
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I would have done what your boyfriend did. I would have went up to whoever I needed to and explained I screwed up. A 50 cent tip is crappy to leave someone that brought me my food and drink. Now if I was with someone that did that, I make an excuse like go to the bathroom that I would be right out, then I would go and give the waitress a better tip.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
13 Feb 08
yea, a 50 tip is an insult, nothing sometimes is better than that.
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• United States
12 Feb 08
LOL- This just happened to us last weekend. I had a $50 gift card and then a voucher for $25 off of our meal. For some reason I miscalculated the tip and just left the gift card as payment. As were were walking out to our car I then realized we had only left our waitress something like a $4.00 tip. Our bill was for $70.00 or something. So my hubby went back in and brought another $10.00 to the manager and said to give it to Abby, our waitress. I wish he had handed it directly to the waitress so she knew who it was from. I'm embarassed to go back there now because she probably thinks we stiffed her!
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
13 Feb 08
Oh I am sure they told her or she figured it out for herself, I wouldn't worry about it.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I would make sure that the wait staff got the entire tip I had intended to leave. I have been the waitress. I think I would just as soon not eat out, if I am not able to live a good tip.
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
13 Feb 08
Getting a 50 cent tip would be an insult. I would definitely go back and fix my mistake. Waitstaff don't usually get to keep all of their tips either. They have to tip out bartenders, host/hostesses and bussers. In your case, I probably would have either went right back to the table where I was seated and put the extra money. If my table had already been cleaned, I would have found the waitress and handed her the tip.
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• United States
13 Feb 08
I would fix the problem, I would not just say oh well I made a mistake. if the waitress did a great job she should get a good tip, these people dont make much an hour they really make money by tips. If they did a great job tip the hell out of them.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
13 Feb 08
I would give the difference directly to the waitress. I don't know why I wouldn't trust the manager to give it to her, but I'd just feel better giving it to the server. First, because it would ease my mind that she was getting it, and secondly, I would like her to know that it was from me. Now all this is depending on the fact that we had good service at dinner. But that woman who gave $.50 - I have to agree with above, I think she did it on purpose..
• Canada
23 Feb 08
Because I don't see that well, I read things very closely, and pay attention to eery detail so I don't make a mistake. My brand new cellphone has an automatic tip calculator built right in, so if I am not sure how to do the math in my head, I just punch it into my phone.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
24 Feb 08
hey that is really neat