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Woman arrested after leaving $5,000 tip at Clearwater restaurant

Serina Wolfe was charged with grand theft after leaving a $5,000 tip on her boyfriend’s credit card. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Serina Wolfe was charged with grand theft after leaving a $5,000 tip on her boyfriend’s credit card. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Published Jul. 3

There's no option for this one on the tip screen — generosity with a touch of vengeance.

A Buffalo, N.Y., woman used a credit card to leave a gratuity of $5,000 at a Clearwater Beach restaurant, somewhere around 10,000 percent of her $55.37 breakfast tab.

The trouble is, it wasn't her card.

Serina Wolfe, 24, was charged with grand theft for the purchase she made at 9:30 a.m. June 27 from the Clear Sky Beachside Cafe, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

Wolfe was upset with her boyfriend, Michael Crane, for refusing to buy her a ticket for a return flight to New York, according to an arrest affidavit.

After they argued about the ticket, Crane placed a hold on his credit card. He later removed the hold, and Wolfe had her expensive breakfast.

She initially denied the purchase was hers, Crane said, and he reported it to his credit card company as fraudulent.

The company notified Clear Sky cafe, but the restaurant had already paid the waitress the $5,000 tip.

Wolfe later admitted to police that she was the culprit and turned over the card, according to the affidavit. Crane said she was drunk or trying to get back at him.

It will be up to the restaurant and waitress to work out whether she gets to keep the tip, police said.

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