Earlier this month, my family and I met a friend at a local restaurant for dinner.
Two days after that dinner, my husband decided to check our electronic banking account.
He noted that the restaurant had charged us $4 over the amount of the tip that I included.
I called the manager and asked her to look at the receipt, only to find out that my $4 tip had been changed to $8. My 15 percent tip had been changed to a 30 percent tip.
I was told that a manager generally has to sign off on all credit cards receipts, but that night, no one did.
Using credit cards at restaurants poses a risk to consumers.
We can verify the amount charged before the tip is written in, but not what is actually charged until that amount hits our bank account.
By then, it might be too late.
Anybody who uses a credit card should check all amounts, not only on receipts, but on statements to ensure that fraudulent individuals do not get away with their behavior.
We need to protect ourselves.