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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:21 PM
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Notre Dame tips caterer $29,387 rather an $29.87. Wants $$ back, caterer spent $$
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 04:21 PM by Liberal_in_LA
Notre Dame: Typo leads to over $29,000 tip for ex-worker

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A woman who worked catering events for the University of Notre Dame says it was her lucky day when the school tipped her $29,000 in her check. But now the university is suing to get back the money she says she's already spent.

Sara Gaspar of Granger says in court documents filed this week that she "thought finally something wonderful had happened" in her life when the school paid her a $29,387 tip on April 17. She said in court documents that she called the school's catering department three times about the payment, but didn't hear back until she received a threatening call from the school in June.

Gaspar says by that point, she had spent the money on a new car and bills.

Notre Dame contends Gaspar should have been paid only $29.87, but was overpaid because of a typing error. The school says in a lawsuit filed Aug. 27 in St. Joseph Circuit Court in South Bend that Gaspar did not notify the school about the error, and instead spent the money knowing it wasn't hers.

Gaspar says by that point, she had spent the money on a new car and bills.

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Gaspar, who no longer works for the school, says she suffers from depression and is frightened by the prospect of taking on a "power" like Notre Dame.

"If this was a mistake it was their mistake," Gaspar says in court documents. "Now I am paying for their mistake."


http://www.komonews.com/news/offbeat/59497907.html
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subcomhd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:23 PM
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1. She made repeated attempts to clear it up. I say it's her's. nt
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:24 PM
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2. If the attempts were really made...
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:12 PM
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6. Yeah, I tend to doubt she did...you gotta be a complete idiot not
to know this was an error and that it would eventually be noticed...if I had to choose sides, I'd say she's lying.
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subcomhd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:43 PM
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16. If anyone owes the school the money,
it's the fuck-up that made the error when they cut the check.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:25 PM
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3. I wouldn't be suffering from depression in that event
No seriously, but I still would feel wrong about it and would just send it back.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:25 PM
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4. So far what has she paid for their mistake - she got a 30,000 bonus!
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 04:26 PM by stray cat
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:26 PM
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5. Oh now she's "depressed" ? Words fail me.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:45 PM
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7. Wait till she has to repay with interest!
Then she will really be depressed!
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:52 PM
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8. lol she knows dayum well that wasn't her tip
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:54 PM
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9. "I'm sorry ... I can't pay back the money I conned people out of
because I spent it ..."
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:57 PM
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10. how do you figure she "conned" it from Notre Dame?
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 05:57 PM by Lex
nt
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:02 PM
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12. Sorry ... I should have said it better ...
like saying something about "heard during Enron" or something like that ...

:evilgrin:
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:58 PM
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11. Too fucking bad. Maybe they should have responded to her after she first call. nt
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:03 PM
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14. $29,000 is a drop in the bucket to a place like ND.
What with all the endowments, etc., it has.

If it wanted the money so badly, they should have collected when she was trying to make things right. Now, it's finder's keepers, IMHO.
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GrantDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:02 PM
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13. Hopefully she can somehow prove the phonecalls.
If she can then too bad for ND.
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geek_sabre Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:10 PM
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15. dumb
"If this was a mistake it was their mistake," Gaspar says in court documents. "Now I am paying for their mistake."

You wouldn't be paying anything if you hadn't been spending like Paris Hilton on a bender when you discovered "free money." $30K in 3 months? Really???!?

My guess is she called 3 times over a weekend, and didn't specify the exact amount when she contacted the school. If the intended tip was $30, then the total bill was around $150-300. On what planet is it customary to tip nearly 1000% of the total bill? She thought she would get over, plain and simple.

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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:44 PM
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17. She did her due diligence. It's hers.
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