Security Video Posted on Facebook Leads to Woman Returning Cash Stolen From Tip Jar

After the bar manager posted the video, it was viewed 13,000 times within two hours and shared another 700 times.

WICHITA, KANSAS – The general manager of a bar in this city’s historic Old Town district posted a video on Facebook that shows a woman stealing money from a tip jar tip jar. Within two hours, the video was viewed 13,000 times and had been shared another 700 times.

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It also took only two hours for the woman in the video to return to the bar and apologize. She said she’d taken only $5 but she returned $15.

Following is how reported the event:

On the evening of Friday, Nov. 13, the head pizza maker at The Pumphouse was asked by a customer who was standing at the bar with two other people for a glass of water. He rounded the corner to get it, and when he returned, his previously full tip jar was empty.

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He asked the customers where the money went, then he went to get security, and the woman who had been standing at the bar left. But the whole incident was captured by surveillance video. The woman can be seen clearly in the footage, as can the moment when she dips her hand into the tip jar and pockets the money.

The next morning, Pumphouse general manager Daron Adelgren posted the clip of the incident on the business’s Facebook page. The crime had irked him, he said, because his 61-year-old pizza maker is a good employee who works hard for his tips. Facebook commenters were also indignant.

When the woman in the video returned to bar to the apologize, Adelgren said she seemed embarrassed and remorseful.

The pizza maker accepted her apology – and the $15. The two hugged, and Adelgren removed the video from the business’s Facebook page. (He did, however, enter the woman’s name onto a list of people who are banned from the bar.)

“We’re not trying to embarrass people, but if this gets people to know that they can’t come to the Pumphouse and act like animals or steal or vandalize or whatever, then it is beneficial,” Adelgren told

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