WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – One couple said their bank statement was more than they paid for their bill on Sunday evening.
“It was $67 for the total, and in the tip, I had put zero because I was going to leave her a cash tip,” Gerald Lester remembered.
Lester explained he originally planned to leave cash but said the service was bad.
“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,'” Lester said.
He said something didn’t sit right with him after leaving the restaurant Sunday night.
“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 explained he immediately called his bank and an official with the bank told him to talk with the restaurant.
Lester went to Blue Asia to talk with the owner Tuesday morning.
“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 explained.
Lester and Jordan called the police, who told them officers would look into it.
The owner of the restaurant said she had never see anything like this happen before. The couple explained it is not about the money.
“Hopefully prevent that from happening to anybody else,” Lester said.
He offered up some advice for people who are worried about it happening to them: always keep receipts and check bank statements.
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