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Woman accidentally tipped cafe $7,732 and she can't get her money back

Olesja Schemjakowa of France enjoyed coffee and cake at a cafe in Switzerland. Her bill was $23.76. When it was time to settle the bill, she accidentally entered her PIN code (7686) as the tip on the cafe's terminal device. She didn't realize her mistake until she was back home and got her bank statement in the mail and saw that she'd been charged $7,732 for the snack.

She called her credit card company and asked them to reverse the charges but they told her they wouldn't help her because the charge was not fraudulent. She asked the police department in the town where the cafe was located but they told her it wasn't a "criminally relevant" matter. She then called the cafe owner, who agreed to refund the money, but soon stopped communicating with her. Schemjakowa then learned that the cafe owner had filed for bankruptcy and shut down the cafe.

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From Oddity Central:

At this point, there doesn’t seem to be anything else she can do to get her money back.

“I just can’t understand how the cafe owner can just keep the money, and I can not do anything about it,” Schemjakowa told [Swiss newspaper] Blick. “That’s just not fair!”

The unemployed woman added that she could live comfortably for a few months in France with that money, so getting it back is a big deal. Unfortunately chances of that happening are very slim.

“I’ve been told there may still be a one percent chance that I’ll see my money back,” the woman said.

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, Olesja has since changed the PIN code on her credit card.

Image: Shutterstock/311108843

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