I had an experience in a restaurant lately where one staff member left us with the bill and another casually dropped a second bill on the table while passing a short time later. I picked up the second bill, saw it wasn’t ours (a tidy chunk more than ours and different items on it), called the waitress back, told her the second bill wasn’t ours and handed it back to her. Then I turned my attention back to the correct bill and left enough to cover it plus a tip - food and service had been good up to that point. It was three couples and I was sitting on the edge and the other chaps had given me their share. I put the cash in the receipt holder thing with our bill, placed it on the table and we left the restaurant.
We were moving onto a pub and were chatting in separate groups as we strolled along. I wasn’t aware that the girl who booked the restaurant had received 2 missed calls in quick succession and was in the process of ringing the number back out of curiosity. It was a restaurant staff member saying that we had underpaid and she wanted us to return to pay the difference. The girl hadn’t been involved in settling the bill, took the call at face value, was embarrassed and apologetic and said we’d return immediately. She told the rest of us the story when the call ended and myself and the lads were clear that it was a restaurant error.
We were about 3 or 4 minutes down the road, and I guess we could have rang back, but myself and another chap said we’d head back to sort it out. Basically the waitress bizarrely ignored the fact that our cash was with our actual bill and that there was a sufficient quantity of money to more than cover it. She instead erroneously paired it with that second bill from earlier and tried to get in touch by phone to summon us back to the restaurant as outlined above.
Is that pretty bad on the restaurant’s part or a simple error and nothing to get too worked up about?