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What Would You Do?

August 30, 2011

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say I went to happy hour at one of my very favorite restaurants two Fridays ago.

Let’s say I went with my friendy Jenn.  Let’s say we snagged a table in the bar at the front of the restaurant and had a waitress with blonde hair.

Let’s say we ordered some tapas.


Okay, so the bruschetta didn’t look exactly like this, but there was definitely hummus.

And sangria.  But that’s a given.

And this is all hypothetical, of course.

Let’s say the bill came.

And I only had a card, so I used it to pay the whole check and Jenn gave me cash.

Let’s say it was a $20 bill she gave me.

Let’s say I was too busy using my tip calculator figuring out the tip and didn’t notice when I left the $20 bill on the table with the check, which I had already added tip to.

Let’s say, and this part is important, that I’m a 22-year-old recent graduate with a loan to pay off, rent to take care of and a part-time job at a coffee shop.  I could use $20.  Hypothetically.


What would you do?  Would you call the restaurant and try to explain what happened or would you just let the $20 go?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2011 2:04 PM

    It’d be painful, but I’d let the $20 go. Too hard to explain/verify. Plus, just think how happy you made your server! It’s a good deed.

  2. August 30, 2011 2:45 PM

    Especially since it’s one of your favorite restaurants, I’d say to let it go too. Consider your server blessed, kind of like a random act of kindness. And though it wasn’t intentional, I think you’ll be blessed because of it 😉

  3. August 30, 2011 4:58 PM

    Ahhh, just look at it as if you bought your friendy a nice dinner :] I think it’d be too complicated to explain/verify, too. Besides, the server probably already bought apps for everyone with her big tip 😛

    But, in all seriousness – yeah, it’s a bummer…but I agree with the ladies above. It’ll come back in some shape or form :]

  4. August 30, 2011 5:58 PM

    because I’m incredibly passive, I’d let it go.. though i’d be bitter and cranky for days. You poor thing! 😦 That waiter must think they’re the employee of the year now that they scored a $20 tip!

  5. August 30, 2011 6:24 PM

    Oh dang…I would let it go. Just think of it as your very good deed of the year. You made a waitress very happy! Sorry about the bucks though, I can understand the value of a twenty….

  6. August 30, 2011 6:39 PM

    Ack. It would definitely upset me, but I would probably let it go. It would be hard to explain, and I’m not the best when it comes to confrontations. Besides, if it’s a restaurant you visit often, you probably don’t want to stir up a fuss and make any future visits kind of awkward.

  7. August 30, 2011 7:02 PM

    Oh no I hate to hear that! I mean I have left my bank card which is a pain in the butt….but I didn’t leave me out of money 🙂

    But I have faith that something good is going to happen in your life!

  8. August 30, 2011 10:18 PM

    Ugh that sucks!
    I used to be the type of person who would just let it go (I would get too anxious to call.) However, knowing exactly how it feels to need every extra penny you have for bills, I would call and explain. It should be obvious that the bill + tip was all on the card. If the waitress has a heart, I’m sure she will give it right back!
    Good luck!

  9. August 31, 2011 9:32 AM

    Ugh I’d be bummed but I agree- there’s nothing that can really be done, esp since I’m sure the waitress assumed it was a big ol tip 😦

  10. milehighmark permalink
    August 31, 2011 11:19 AM

    Let it go. Whenever I lose money as such, I just call it paying the “dumb tax”. We all have to pay it sometimes. But it’s also why idiots are poor. 😉

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