Category: Money

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What’s The Twenty?

| Frisco, TX, USA | Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Money

(I am out at a wings place with the family, and the total comes out around $80.)

Waitress: “Here’s your check, sir.”

(I pay with a $50 card, a $25 card, and a 20 dollar bill and the waitress runs it through and then shows us the receipt.)

Waitress: “All right, we ran your cards. Now we just need $6.11 for the rest of the meal.”

Me: “Uh, no. I gave you a $20 bill, remember? I explained everything…”

Waitress: “Oh, I’m sorry. Let me go see if I dropped it.”

(I wait around three minutes and the manager walks up.)

Manager: “Hi, my name’s [Manager] and I’m the manager here. I hear that you paid $20 bucks but the waitress is saying differently. I’ll try to go in the middle here and pay for the rest of your meal but I’m sorry about your other $15.”

Me: “No, that’s not happening. I gave it to that girl and explained how I was paying and everything. I’m not losing $15.”

(The waitress comes running.)

Waitress: “Oh! Here! I found it the trash…”

(Waitress walks off to get the new receipt.)

Manager: “Oh, uh… I’m so sorry about that.”

Me: “No… I don’t think you are, because you were just going to side with her and sit here and call me a liar. You can’t tell me that you believe her story. Unbelievable. You need to talk to her about stealing my money.”

Manager: “Yes, sir. We will definitely talk to her about it.”

(Manager walks off and Waitress comes back with receipt.)

Waitress: “Here’s your receipt. Sir, you don’t have to be so rude.”

(The waitress walks off immediately and starts fake cleaning tables.)

Me: “Are you kidding me?”

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IRS: Intrusive Revenue Snoopers

| USA | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive, Money

(The town where I live is on the west coast. Many years ago, the town decided to encourage high school students to work in the community, so they created and publicized a Youth Employment Service. I phoned and asked a few questions:)

Me: “I could use some help cleaning house. Do you have anyone who will do that sort of work?”

Youth Employment Service: “Yes, we do. A number of girls have listed housekeeping among their skills.”

Me: “I see you take care of work permits, but do you deduct from the students’ wages the SS Tax and IRS withholding?”

Youth Employment Service: “No, we don’t. I doubt anyone really worries about those things since there’s really not that much money involved.”

Me: “But the IRS rules say that withholding must be paid if the employee earns more than $50 per quarter, and I’m sure to be paying the student that much.”

Youth Employment Service: “Well, then, it’s up to you to take care of those things. We don’t handle the money.”

(I end up hiring a girl to do cleaning, and she does so weekly. I get an employer identification number from the IRS and I fill out the paperwork with the IRS and SS Administration. When I pay the student, I tally up how much is owed the IRS and SS Admin, and send it on quarterly. The first girl lasts maybe two months before quitting, and when she quits I hire another. By the time I move out of that town to take a job on the east coast, a couple years later, I’d employed about a half dozen girls, all in the 16- to 18-year-old range. Several months go by in my new home before I got a dunning letter from the IRS, SENT DIRECTLY TO MY NEW, EAST COAST ADDRESS:)

Letter: “Our records show that you have failed to submit [IRS form number] for [Student I’d employed on the west coast]. If you fail to pay withholding taxes [some threat of dire penalties, etc.]”

(This letter is quickly followed by identical ones for EACH of the students I’d employed on the west coast. Naturally, I try contacting the IRS about this, but get exactly nowhere. Soon I receive letters threatening even MORE dire consequences. I give up and forward copies of all these letters to my US Senator, along with an explanation that goes something like this:)

Me: “Dear Senator [Name]: As you can see from the enclosed documents, the IRS seems intent on penalizing me for failure to pay withholding tax for persons no longer in my employ. Apparently, some pencil-pusher at the IRS thinks I moved from the west coast to the east coast and brought along a bevy of high school girls when I did so. Had I done such a thing, I certainly hope that the consequences would entail more than the dire financial ones outlined in the enclosed letters. I would be ever so grateful if you’d get these IRS ninnies off my back.”

(I never heard about the matter again.)

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With No Bacon, Comes No Responsibility, Part 2

| Petaluma, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Money

(A new restaurant has opened up in town, so my boyfriend and I decide to try it out. He orders a sandwich while I get the bacon cheeseburger. After taking a bite, I realize something is wrong.)

Me: “Um, excuse me. There is no bacon on my burger.”

Waiter: “Um, yeah, we’re out of bacon.” *he walks away*

Boyfriend: “Well, that’s weird they didn’t tell you. Do you want to go?”

Me: “No, no, it’s not that big of deal.”

(Later, when the check arrives, we notice something.)

Me: “Hey, you overcharged us. You charged for his sandwich and the bacon cheeseburger.”

Waiter: *looking annoyed* “Yeah, that’s what you ordered.”

Me: “But it’s not what I ate; you ran out of bacon so I only had a cheeseburger. That’s a $3.50 difference.”

Waiter: “You ordered the bacon cheeseburger. You’re paying for the bacon cheeseburger.”

(Normally, I’d let it go but we asked for the manager. He agreed with the waiter and said that it wasn’t his fault we ordered something they ran out of! We never went back.)

Related:
With No Bacon, Comes No Responsibility
With No Bacon, Comes Irresponsibility

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