Should I be surprised? I don’t think so. I case you didn’t read this and are not aware of my little adventure with a credit card theft, I’ll wait for you while you read it. Not bad, huh?
Following my posting the girlfriend I mentioned (from out of town) sent me an email in which she informed me the following Monday to their visit to town, they got a phone call from their bank informing them their credit card had been cloned. They were wondering where it could have happened. Doh! I guess we have our answer!
Friday afternoon, after being informed of this on top of my situation, I contacted the police and inquired what should I do in regards to this. I did report the “difference” to my credit card company, but should I do anything else? The officer I spoke with told me to come by their office and file a complaint. It was theft.
Saturday evening, Hubby and I went for a walk and stopped by a police station. I explained the situation, showed him my bill and statement. The officer was blown away, literally. When another officer would come in he would tell them about it. At first I got the impression he didn’t want me to file a complaint and was suggesting settling with the restaurant. Since I didn’t hear anything back from the restaurant manager or anyone else from Le Quartier, I said I want to go the legal route. I was aware it might be a lot of paper work, time and effort for only $18 but still; it’s for the principle of the matter. She stole from me. I filled out a detailed report, got assigned a case number and now I have to wait for the detective to do his work. It could take months. I don’t care.
Funny fact: while I was writing my declaration the officer consulted a few other officers to know if it was in fact theft or fraud… By the time we left the station, it was still undecided. It is both in a way.
I do realise maybe it wasn’t the waitress who did wrong, maybe it was the manager or somebody else who works there. I don’t really care. Whoever it was, did something illegal, and I have a feeling I wasn’t the last one. If I was the first, then I can only hope this will nip it in the bud.
Lesson learned: keep your receipts and always check your statement!