Chanetrice Carter, a server at the Glen Allen, Virginia IHOP, was terminated for refusing to give back a $200 tip she received from a customer a week prior.


Carter was approached by her manager who stated that the customer agreed that it was his handwriting and signature on the receipt, but he did not mean to write a $200.00 tip for a $25.76 check. Instead he meant to leave a $2 tip (not even 8%). The manager then told the server that she had 7 days to pay the tip back.

Carter refused to return the tip, resulting in her termination.

“Nobody’s rights have been violated here. There has been no unlawful termination,” said Steve Benjamin, WWBT 12’s legal analyst. “She didn’t have to return the money, but they can, in turn, fire her because she is just employed at will.”

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