Shortchange Artist

Art by Bob AulSend anonymous thanks, confessions, or accusations-changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent-to "Hey, You!" c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247 or e-mail us at letters@ocweekly.com.After a particularly stressful day at work recently, I sat at the bar of a popular beach-city watering hole. You were the bartender there. It was easy to see that most of your customers think you're a likable, easygoing guy. What they don't know is that you are also a thief. During the time it took me to drink two beers, I watched you brazenly shortchange or overcharge several bar patrons. The scam might have gone unnoticed if it hadn't been for the one alert guy who caught you giving him change for a $10 after he had given you a $20. Your innocent act-which I later realized was designed to make the customer feel petty for calling attention to the "error"-seemed genuine to me at the time. However, less than five minutes later, I watched as you chatted up and then confidently shortchanged another $20-toting patron; this one went unsuspecting of your depravity. The two women you overcharged $4 on two glasses of wine don't know what a scumbag you are, either. But I do . . . and I want you to know I'm thinking of revenge.

 
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