4 Houston Servers Accused of Changing CC Tips at Tex Mex Chain
As a server for over 15 years, this kind of stuff infuriates me. According to KHOU.COM, four Houston-area waiters have been charged for allegedly making fraudulent credit card transactions and changing tip amounts. This occurred at Gringos Tex-Mex in Spring, Texas. Not only are these four serves accused of changing tips, they are also charged with making unauthorized charges as well.
According to the article, "tabs were being altered. They would take items food that were ordered and make that amount added to their tip so they were walking out with more cash," said Sheila Hansel with the Harris County District Attorney's Office Consumer and Fraud Department. The four culprits all now have warrants for their arrest. Be sure you always check your debit/credit card statement.
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