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How to avoid restaurant tip thefts

Posted at 9:07 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 08:05:07-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Lincoln Police reported Wednesday, that a teenage server added-on nearly $160 in extra tips and is now being investigated for fraud.

"It's pretty upsetting because I do believe the majority of people that work in this industry are honest and wouldn't do something like that," says Nicole Jesse, owner of La Casa Pizzaria in midtown.

Owner La Casa Pizzaria in midtown Nicole Jesse says her restaurant never dealt with an incident like the one alleged in Lincoln, but she says customers can prevent a problem altogether by using some common sense, such as taking the customer copy of the receipt home with you.

"Sometimes people don't like to take their copy, I know we kind of live in a paperless society but if you want to make sure to track exactly what you've been spending where, especially when tips are involved, I think that's important," says Jesse.

And if you tip with cash? Still fill out the receipt.

"Put a line where the line is for the tip and then still total it out because then it's very clear to the server and to the manager that the transaction is complete," says Jesse.

Restaurant managers say technology could help put the brakes on this problem, since many restaurants are turning to iPad-like devices instead of paper receipts.