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What's the Deal with River North Restaurants Shorting Peoples' Change?

I ordered carry out from a restaurant in River North last night. The order came out to $18.51. I paid with cash. The cashier gave me one dollar back and said they don't have any change -- so they just tried to short me the rest. Have your experienced this?

I called to talk to the manager about this and she was totally indignant. Apparently , she said that most restaurants in River North don't want to bother with cash...

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I ordered carry out from a restaurant in River North last night. The order came out to $18.51. I paid with cash. The cashier gave me one dollar back and said they don't have any change -- so they just tried to short me the rest. Have your experienced this?

I called to talk to the manager about this and she was totally indignant. Apparently , she said that most restaurants in River North don't want to bother with cash so they round up or down. WTH!?

1st off, on a personal note, I go to this place 3 - 4 times a month, so this could really add up over the year.

2nd, they could be potentially dodging some major taxes. They also round up and give people whose bills are .01-49 the extra dollar. Not sure how it washes out in the end, but it seems pretty shady and annoying. If they don't want to bother with change, they should list prices rounded to the nearest dollar(that include tax) on their menu like food trucks.,

  • Beckyy Resident

    It should be the patron's option to tip for takeout. If the restaurant won't give exact change they should post the policy. (& I typically tip 20%+ at sit down restaurants so I'm no cheapskate)

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Becky, this is exactly my point! If they aren't going to give change they should just have prices rounded to the nearest dollar that include tax on the menu so there are no surprises. I tip very well when I dine in (20%+.) I just never thought to for takeout....

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    Becky, this is exactly my point! If they aren't going to give change they should just have prices rounded to the nearest dollar that include tax on the menu so there are no surprises. I tip very well when I dine in (20%+.) I just never thought to for takeout.

    It's much more the additive result of the rounding that bother me more than one instance. Let's say I eat at River North restaurants 2x a week -- very typical for me. That's $57 a year in money out of my pocket for no reason if the change were .49 each time.

    I wonder how the restaurants manage the taxes around this or even how many people use cash? I'm just going to use my credit card from now on and the restaurant can pay the processing fee.

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Dogs pooping/peeing on roof decks

This not the 1st time I've seen this, but am I the only one grossed out by owners letting their dogs go on roof decks? They are privately owned but part of condos and they eventually pick up the poop, but what about the pee? Grosses me out!!

  • mwalcheske Enthusiast

    There's a guy in 800 block of N Racine who lets his dog out on his balcony, over the sidewalk, to "go". Last winter I was nailed by his dog peeing over my head, ironically, as I walking my dog (you know, so she can pee/poo at street level). Gross. The bottom line: People are extremely lazy. I'm just not.

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Thief

All family, friend and neighbors within 2000 to 2200 block of Erie. A @#$%^ casually jumped over the next door neighbor fence on Fri, 10/17 @1p. Got into our garage, open the garage, stoled my husbands expensive bike, closed the garage door and than walked to the gate to pick up his apple, ate it and rode into the sunset all caught on camera. WTF!!! Please be careful as the tape clearly shows he was looking around. In the 40...

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All family, friend and neighbors within 2000 to 2200 block of Erie. A @#$%^ casually jumped over the next door neighbor fence on Fri, 10/17 @1p. Got into our garage, open the garage, stoled my husbands expensive bike, closed the garage door and than walked to the gate to pick up his apple, ate it and rode into the sunset all caught on camera. WTF!!! Please be careful as the tape clearly shows he was looking around. In the 40 years living in this neighborhood, I am bitter to know that our neighborhood is now more of a reason for @#$% to steal. Not hating on the new residents but this is BS. Of all days not to have the dogs out...I beat myself up.

  • Bob H Family in the neighborhood since ~1905

    Sorry you had to learn the hard way to always lock a bike, even inside. Some years ago, a thief broke out one of the wooden panels in my old overhead door, and got into the garage. No rocket scientist, him, so instead of opening the door and going to...

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    Sorry you had to learn the hard way to always lock a bike, even inside. Some years ago, a thief broke out one of the wooden panels in my old overhead door, and got into the garage. No rocket scientist, him, so instead of opening the door and going to town on the contents of my garage - which included several expensive bikes - he instead stole only the long, narrow things he could pass out through the same opening he broke in through (a weed-whacker, a leaf blower, etc.). But I got the message and within a few days I had rigged a steel bar inside and locked our bikes to it! I'd also suggest steel bars over the windows, on the inside if you prefer the aesthetics.

  • Thanks Bob H! Big lesson learned. While the lesson for the day is "don't leave w/o locking everything" especially to the 11year old, yesterday, shopping cart "MO" [very video camera] decided to start lifting garage doors up and apparently ours rised up a little, could not get in so he managed to steal the guard liner. OMG! So new garage next week! Have a great weekend Bob H.

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Prospect Hts. police save man from heroin overdose

Coglianese and Derman could recognize the signs of a heroin user when the 9-1-1 call came in about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday from the employee of the motel, 540 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Join in Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance's Happy Halloween Program

To promote a safe Halloween for our trick or treaters and residents, Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) is again sponsoring a candy donation program for Smith Park’s Halloween Trick or Treat festivities on Friday, October 31.

When you make a donation of candy you’ll receive a decorative poster for your front door advising trick or treaters to visit Smith Park for their treats. You may drop off your candy donation at the Smith Park field house by October 26th and pick up your poster.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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FREE: Halloween Skating Party at Smith Park this Friday

Looking for something to do with the kids this Friday evening? Smith Park, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be hosting a FREE Spooky Skating Party. Bring your roller skates, roller blades or scooter and enjoy the party. The gym will be turned into a roller rink, with a disco ball, black lights and a fog machine. Don't forget your costumes.

For additional information, please contact Maria at 312-742-7534.

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Missing Cat

My cat went missing on Friday night from the 1400 block of West Huron. He is a big brown Tabby with white paws. He answers to the name of Bob.

He normally just wandered the alley between Huron and Superior. Let me know if anyone has seen him!

Thanks!

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Late Night Fire on W. Chestnut?

I saw a house on fire and smoking majorly last night around 12am-1am. Tons of firetrucks, noise and commotion.

The firefighters used saws to open the roof. I can't find it anywhere on the news.

Anyone know what happened?

I hope everyone is ok.

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