Revenge may be a dish best served cold—but one woman’s alleged attempt to exact retribution on her boyfriend at a Florida restaurant earned herself a trip to jail.
Serina Wolfe, 24, has been charged with grand theft after allegedly using her boyfriend’s credit card to leave a $5,000 tip on her breakfast tab as payback after he refused to purchase her a return flight to New York.
Clearwater police said Wolfe and her boyfriend, Michael Crane, had gotten into an argument after she wanted him to use his credit card to buy her a flight back to her New York home and he refused to pick up the tab, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
Crane placed a hold on his credit card during the dispute, but later removed the hold, and Wolfe decided to use the card to pay for her $55.37 breakfast bill at the Clear Sky Café on June 27. She also added a $5,000 tip to the bill.
Crane later noticed the exorbitant charge on his card and confronted her about using the card, but she denied it, and he reported the charge as fraudulent to his credit card company, WFLA reports.
The credit card company reported the fraudulent charge to the restaurant, but the establishment had already paid out the tip to the waitress, who was struggling after the recent death of her service dog, according to local station WTSP.
Detectives said Wolfe later admitted to making the charge herself. Her boyfriend told authorities he believed she may have been drunk at the time or had been trying to get back at him, authorities said.
Police said it will now be between the restaurant and waitress to decide whether she gets to keep the tip.
Wolfe was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,000 bond.
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