A West Milton woman’s recent request to run a bar tab set in motion a bizarre set of events at a local bar that could not possibly have been the best use of two officers’ time.
The bartender decided to charge the woman’s debit card instead of holding it for the tab she requested, according to a police report.
The 23-year-old’s debit card was declined for insufficient funds.
Things spiraled out of control from there, as they often do in these situations.
The bartender told the woman her card was “no good” and accused her of trying to scam him, the report says.
The woman protested as the bartender tore at the card in a scene that must have seemed like something you’d see on “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
She told the bartender that the card was her only means of getting her paycheck to be deposited at midnight.
Not buying it, the bartender broke the card in half and threw the pieces in the woman’s face.
A short time later, the woman called police and her bank. She learned her paycheck had been deposited in to her account after all.
Officers interviewed the woman and the bartender.
The bartender said he decided to charge the woman’s $9 drink to her card when he realized she was paying with a debit card and not a credit card.
According to police reports, he said he was scammed recently by another person and now “just tears up people’s cards when they are declined. He said the debit cards are not real credit cards and they are just the same as a loaded card someone gets from the blood bank.”
He doubted the woman’s story about being paid at midnight and told police he wasn’t about to let the woman scam him so he tore her card in half. He asked the officers if they had ever heard of anyone checking at midnight to see if their checks were deposited.
The woman was told to contact the Dayton Prosecutor’s Office.
It is not clear if she pursued charges.
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