I was chomping on a tasty BBQ dinner with five friends when – GASP – the waitress undercharged us. The bill was $20 a head – a fab deal for the meaty meal – because she had failed to add another $11 for the booze. The four of us who split the drinks would have owed another $3.50 per, which includes tax and tip on the beer.
“Should we tell the waitress?” I asked.
Nobody said anything.
The person holding the bill shrugged.
Not being one to rock the boat, and being a little greedy, I kept my mouth shut. We paid the bill as is. The waitress went home a little poorer and we went home a little richer.
I still feel uneasy about what we did. I’m sure a few of my friends, if not everyone else at the table, had similar urges to do the right thing. But the group mentality to take advantage of a minor windfall won over the individual suggestion to fess up.
Should I have stood my ground? Or does being undercharged even out the times we don’t notice being overcharged?
What happens when you are undercharged?