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Great Unknown
10-28-2006, 06:43 AM
At a nice, sit-down mom-and-pop burger joint, I'm munching on some fries. Across the room, I see three people at another booth getting up to leave and pay. The parents head up to the cash register, closely followed by the kid. While mom and dad are paying, the kid goes back to the row of tables he was sitting at and grabs the tip off someone else's table! :confused: I got up to warn the waitress/cashier but she was already heading back to the kitchen area. By that time the goob
er had run outside. :( I'm genuinely worried about kids these days.

10-28-2006, 03:51 PM
Things like that are why my husband and I insist on handing our tip directly to our waiter or waitress before leaving. We never leave it just sitting on the table anymore.

10-28-2006, 03:54 PM
How old was the kid?

Great Unknown
10-28-2006, 08:51 PM
Old enough that it should know better, he looked at least ten. Can't tell anymore from how large kids are getting these days. :(

10-28-2006, 09:07 PM
Ah gotcha. Yeah, that's bad. I mean if the kid was like 4, that'd be different. Mom and Dad just may be in on it too....never can tell.

10-29-2006, 06:06 AM
People keep trying to pinch currency from our tip jar, they do it with alarming frequency, our customers are very nice but kleptomanic apparently. Fortunately, we use an old milk jug for a tip jar, and every time I slide my hand in there to try and find more pennies, my hand gets stuck. It's just the right size and shape, this happens to anyone whom tries to slide their hand in there. Hilarity ensues:

I clear my throat.
"I was just making change."
"Okay." I open the register. "What do you need?"
"Um . . . four quarters?"
". . . ,"
"And where's the dollar for which you want change?"
The other customers are usually staring at this point. "Um . . . ,"

I usually don't do anything about it beyond saying, "Please don't stick your hand in the tip jar," and I can't remember faces that well so I can't ban anyone. If one of the cooks catches them, though, they get cursed at in Spanish by a small wiry man waving a carving knife, and if Boss-man catches them, outright bannings and refusal of service ensue, plus he uses that, "Dude, that is not cool," voice of his, which strikes at your very soul. It's the most fun when someone is caught by another customer, then the offender usually gets a slap in the face, especially if the witness is one of our elderly female customers. I could go on, a man once grabbed the jar and ran for the door, and in between the time at which he entered and then he forgot that yes, to open our door you actually have to turn the knob. Pushing on it doesn't work. Bam! The little bell even jingled.

EDIT: I'd like to point out that all these occurences occured in the last five weeks since I was hired.

10-29-2006, 05:23 PM
I just do not understand why some people steal. If you don't have enough money, for something, then wait til you do. Plus if you wait, it might even go on sale or clearance, and then you actully have money left over.

10-29-2006, 11:56 PM
Actually this just happened at the Applebee's I went to today.

Kid picked up maybe $8-13 in tip. (At least 1 fiver in there) and tried walking to the door. I caught on and the following scene ensued:

Me: "HEY BUDDY, HOW YA BEEN!!" *puts arm around shoulders*
Teen: "uhhh..."
Me: *whisper* "Maybe you should put that back. As in, before decide to fuse your spine with one of these chairs for robbing these people."
Teen: *Tries to gut check me and run*

I caught him before he got in his Mom's car. Cops were called, much mockery (from me) and screaming (from Mom) ensued.

10-30-2006, 04:01 AM
I once caught a kid, about 6 or 7, stealing a tip from Red Robin. And I'm happy to say that I actually said something....
He and his parents were walking past my friend and I having dinner when he just reached out and stole the bills from the table next to us.
Without any thinking I just ran after him and caught his wrist as he was walking out.
"Hey! I think you accidentally picked this up from a table you walked by!" Now, I said this very cheerfully! And with a HUGE smile on my face, like this: :D
Before he or his parents even said a word, I took the money from his hands and walked back to my table, dropping the tip on the table on the way back.
I was all of 19, so this was over 10 years ago.
What did his parents do? Give me a dirty look for catching their child.
How do I know I caught their child?
The waitress of that table, who was our waitress too? She came to me with this look on her face: :eek: She told me that couple with their kid comes in about once or twice a month and the kid ALWAYS ALWAYS manages to "innocently" swipe tips at tables on his way out. Management couldn't really do anything because whenever the kid was caught directly his parents always swore it was just an "accident." Corporate didn't want the hassle of banning them, but everone kinda knew the parents were behind it. Way to teach your kid to be a thief. :(

10-30-2006, 03:11 PM
Corporate didn't want the hassle of banning them

Don't you just love how corporate takes care of employees?

I wonder what would happen if the kid was stealing money that was left to pay the bill and tip...

IT Grunt
10-30-2006, 03:28 PM
Ugh... frankly, this is something I've always been afraid of when I'm eating out, and is one of the primary reasons I add the tip to my credit/debit card slip. Since it comes out of the till, I have reasonable assurance that the server is going to get their tip, and it won't be swiped by someone before they come back to clean the table off and collect it. It's a sad, sad world when you have to actually consider these things. :(

10-30-2006, 10:44 PM
Don't you just love how corporate takes care of employees?

I wonder what would happen if the kid was stealing money that was left to pay the bill and tip...

The waitress would get stuck with the bill.

10-31-2006, 03:00 AM
The waitress would get stuck with the bill.

I know that...I meant what the restaurant and/or parents would do.

Lace Neil Singer
11-21-2006, 01:31 PM
I never leave til I've handed the money directly to the waiter/waitress.

Captain Trips
11-21-2006, 08:50 PM
Just one more example of the f'd up attitude so prevalent these days: "It ain't illegal if I don't get caught." Hey, kiddo, theft is theft -- and even if it weren't illegal if you don't get caught, it's still wrong!

11-22-2006, 12:08 AM
Geez -- if I ever caught a kid of mine pulling that...

11-24-2006, 06:29 AM
As the pizza delivery man, I see kids attempt tip theft right before my frikken eyes.

Often, parents will let young Johnny handle the transaction as a sort of learning experience. Usually you can tell that's the situation because they seem a little unsure of how the transaction is supposed to happen. But it doesn't stop their little thieving hearts, though.

I went to this one apartment, and the boy, about 9 or 10 years old, answers the door. I see he's already got a check and two dollars in his hand, albeit a little awkwardly. He doesn't seem too sure of himself, so I go ahead and start guiding him through the transaction.

Me: Hi, how are you tonight? Your total is $13.06.

Him: **Glances at check, made out for $13.06, and then at the $2 tip intended for me. I suddenly realize he doesn't know that the little wheels in his brain that the hamsters run on make tiny squeaking sounds when he's up against a moral dilemma. He pauses, takes one of the dollar bills, and puts it in his pocket, then hands me the check and the other dollar and says,** Here you go, sir.

Me: **Thinking, oh hell no, I wouldn't let my own child slide on this one, no way am I letting you slide, so I say with my voice raised just a little for the benefit of the parents who I'm pretty sure are just around the corner,** Great! And what about that other dollar there - I think your folks intended that for me, too.

Him: **Knowing he's busted, and trying to limp out of this situation** Oh, yeah, I ... um, forgot. **He retrieves the other dollar and hands it to me.**

Me: **Being friendly like nothing happened, but I give him that eye contact that lets him know that I know** All right, well, here's your pizza, y'all have a good night.

Lesson here for this young man was this: Tips are how I make my living, and I'll be damned if I'm the least bit worried about embarrassing a ten-year-old junior scam artist with his parents when he steals what amounts to part of my paycheck from me. Next time, little man, I won't even give you the chance to save face, I'll just knock on the door and have a little parent-to-parent talk with them.

11-24-2006, 10:53 AM
Golly, here in SA we NEVER leave the money on the table. Besides, it's so much nicer to hand it to your server and see their eyes light up at the big tip you left them (if the service was good, which it generally is)

11-27-2006, 12:34 AM
I give the tip directly to the server. In this town, supposedly one of the wealthiest places in SE Pennsy, the offspring of all those doctors and lawyers don't even think twice about swiping money off tables, or out of charity boxes. Neither do some of their parents.

11-27-2006, 12:50 AM
Reminds me of the time at Huddle House where I yelled out loud "Hey that kid just took money off that table"

Now that I have everyone's attention...

the dad looked at the kid
kid's face turns red
dad goes into kid's pockets
pulls out money
puts money on table
flips kid around with one arm
**smack** on the buttocks!

followed with applause from the patrons

11-27-2006, 05:12 AM
Reminds me of the time at Huddle House where I yelled out loud "Hey that kid just took money off that table"

Now that I have everyone's attention...

the dad looked at the kid
kid's face turns red
dad goes into kid's pockets
pulls out money
puts money on table
flips kid around with one arm
**smack** on the buttocks!

followed with applause from the patrons

The possibly ironic thing here is that this could have been a case where the parents instructed their kids to steal the tips, a situation talked about in previous posts.

Has anyone here ever actually seen a situation where the parents did this, and how did you deal with it? It's easy to deal with if you know the kid is doing it on their own, rightfully embarrass the heck out of them!!! But how have you dealt with situations where you knew for sure, the stealing was on the parent's request?

Kibbles, looking for some juicy stories ;)

12-28-2006, 03:21 PM
I hate bringing back old threads but I encountered this situation about a good 2 weeks ago. A friend and I went out to lunch at a pizza place and behind us was two moms with thier 9 year old kid. While the moms were talking to each other, the kid tried to steal the tip and was .9% close to getting some cash when the parents thankfully caught him. When my friend and I paid, we hid our tip under the cash tray that some places use because the kid and the family were still there.

12-28-2006, 08:28 PM
As a former hostess and server, I've caught little shits scamming tips all the time. I bet about half the time, the parents put them up to it, because maybe little Johnny doesn't know any better.

I once dated a pizza boy from Dominos. He had the coolest manager who'd let his friends come with him on deliveries.

It was like clockwork....every place he went to....

We stopped at the trailer park. "50 cent to no tip." BINGO!
House with little kid answering the door. "He's got the tip somewhere in his clothes but he won't hand it over!" BA DA BING! Kid was shirtless with big pants and gave my then bf a check for exact amount.
Another house with kid answering door. "These people are so-so, when they want to be cheap and not tip, the kid answers the door so they can hide their embarrassment." BINGO!

Some people find their children to be of extremely good use to hide their embarrassment of being cheap frauds themselves.

12-28-2006, 10:08 PM
The waitress would get stuck with the bill.


She might get fired but making her pay for walk-offs is against the law. No manager at a chain restaurant would be so stupid because if she complained and the state investigated, corporate would act shocked and fire his ass.