Greedy waiter tempted by massive tips

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 November, 1993, 12:00am

A WAITER'S hunger for hefty tips landed him behind bars yesterday.

Although Wan Chi-kau, 40, knew ''something fishy'' was going on at the seafood restaurant where he worked, he could not resist the $1,000 tips offered by a mysterious customer known only as ''Mr Ting''.

Soon Wan became involved in an elaborate fraud, the District Court heard.

He would pass on to Ting large cash payments made by other customers. Ting would pocket the money and settle the bills using forged credit cards, the court heard.

It was told Ting had been visiting the Kam Pak Cheuk Seafood Restaurant in Canton Road, Kowloon, frequently, sometimes with his wife, and splashing out huge amounts of money in a crafty bid to win the confidence of waiters and management alike.

This happened four times over a period of 10 days in January last year while Wan was working there.

Wan admitted four charges of accepting an advantage and was jailed for nine months.

The court heard a total of $35,500 was involved with Wan taking $4,000 and Ting the rest.

David Tolliday-Wright, defending, said: ''Ting was a flamboyant big-spending man who was lavish with his tips and very popular with everybody at the restaurant.

''Initially the defendant did not think anything was too wrong but when this thing went on he thought things were fishy.

''He was basically tempted by this flashy, extravagant man and he saw a good way to make easy tips.'' Deputy Judge O'Donnell told Wan: ''Regardless of the gloss which has been put over your actions, it was corruption. You knew what you were doing, and I think an appropriate deterrent is an immediate custodial sentence.'' The court heard Ting was still being sought by police.