How to Spot a Hustle
The service was very good, not sure the waiter’s name, but he had a beard, ponytail, and was very outgoing. I was prepared to pay a 30% tip, until he shorted me $10 on a $27 bill when I paid with a $50. I called him over and noted the error and his response led me to believe that it was not a mistake, but an attempt to “hustle” me.
I am a disciple of Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception and the nature of his behavior and response was very telling.
What Deception Sounds Like?:
- Overly Specific Answers: Honest people reply with direct answers. Liars reply with convoluted, complex, and overly detailed answers.
- Inappropriate Level of Politeness: Good manners are fine but “out of the blue” cordiality (“Yes, sir, “Yes, ma’am,” “That’s a nice tie,” etc.) could be an attempt to win your confidence.
When I called him on the “short” he started explaining himself even before I asked. He specifically noted that my bill was $27 and I had paid with $50 and promptly handed me back an additional $10. his answer was overly specific. He was also extermely polite, another tell tale sign.
Do the right thing,