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Waitress loses job after refusing to pay back tip

HENRICO, Va. (WKRC) -- A waitress lost her job at a Virginia IHOP after she refused to pay back a large tip that was left for her by mistake.

A customer accidentally left waitress Chanetrice Carter a $200 tip.

"I said, 'my goodness, I just got a $200 tip,'" says Carter. "This is amazing. This is crazy."

Carter says a week later the manager called her in to a meeting about the customer's tip. The manager allegedly told her that the customer only meant to write down $2. The restaurant refunded the customer his money, but they demanded Carter give the tip back.

Carter claims her manager gave her a deadline to pay the money back. "You have seven days to pay it back or else," Carter says she was told.

Carter refused to pay the money, and she claims she was fired as a result.

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

The district manger said that "he wants to sit down tomorrow," says Carter. "And if they can correct anything they will correct it. I just look forward to sitting down with them and seeing what they have to say."

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