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10,000% Tip May Not Have Been as Kind as Waitress Thought

Cops say it was an act of revenge on woman's boyfriend
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2019 8:30 AM CDT
Serina Wolfe.   (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A woman dined at a Florida restaurant last week, leaving a 10,000% tip on a $55.37 breakfast bill. But what her waitress interpreted as a kind gesture after the death of her dog, per WFTS, was actually far from it. USA Today reports that Serina Wolfe and boyfriend Michael Crane had argued before her June 27 meal at Clear Sky Beachside Cafe in Clearwater Beach because Crane refused to pay for Wolfe's plane ticket home to Buffalo, NY, Crane says in an affidavit. Out of spite, Wolfe left a $5,000 tip on the bill, which she paid using Crane's credit card, per Pinellas County police.

Crane—who'd placed a temporary hold on his credit card before removing it prior to Wolfe's meal—later reported the payment as fraudulent. Police say Wolfe had denied authorizing the charge when confronted by Crane, though she later confessed. Described by Crane as being as drunk or vengeful at the time of the payment, Wolfe was booked Monday into Pinellas County Jail on a charge of felony theft. But by that point, the waitress had already received the $5,000. Citing police, the Tampa Bay Times notes "it will be up to the restaurant and waitress to work out whether she gets to keep the tip." (Read more Florida stories.)

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