Tips are often a source of contention, but police are alleging that one bartender took skimming to the next level. A bartender in Cary, NC was arrested after stealing an extra $10,000 in gratuities according to local authorities.
Cary Police contend that 26-year-old Erika Denton racked up the five digit sum between January 1 and February 5 while working at Tasu Asian Bistro. She was fired immediately after and management reported their suspicions to the police.
The arrest warrant states that Denton lowered the charges for food and increased her own tips. Consequently, the total on the receipt stayed static, but the gratuities paid out skyrocketed.
Denton was charged with falsely obtaining property by false pretense. She was released on a $2500 bond pending trial. A judge ordered her not to return to the restaurant or contact her former coworkers.
“It is very disappointing,” manager Katrina Oliver told ABC11. “It’s really hard to find people that you can trust that they can be loyal to you.”
Oliver said that moving forward the restaurant will begin performing background checks on new hires.