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Waitress allegedly charged unsuspecting customers higher tip

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The owners of a Shawnee bar want patrons to know that they are cooperating with police, after determining that a waitress was overcharging customers.

The waitress was taking tips, and entering higher amounts into the register. Customers apparently didn't compare their copy to the final amount charged to their credit or debit card. No one has come forward and spoke to police.

"A customer will typically put a $3 tip on a bill, and she was changing 3 to an 8, or a 2 to a 12," said Shawnee police Maj. Bill Hisle. "She was just changing the credit card slips to line her own pockets."

An alert manager at Shark's Restaurant and Billiards noticed the discrepancies, and launched an internal investigation. After determining there was an issue, Shawnee police were contacted.

"We believe it's our integrity at stake. We want customers and the public to know that it's something we do not tolerate," Shark's bar manager Jeff Johnson said. "It's immensely disappointing. It's something I think any business would have a big concern about."

Police are trying to determine how long this had been occurring. Even though the amounts were small, Hisle said members of the public overcharged should come forward.

Johnson said it's difficult to catch issues like this, but they are cooperating, and want this prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law."

Hisle said Shawnee police appreciate the bar's management for their vigilance.

"Someone who is unscrupulous could have let this slide," he said. "He cares about his customers, and certainly came to us with information."

If you are a Shark's customer and notice an issue with the amount charged, call Shawnee police at 913-631-2155.

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