Former Lee waitress must pay for shopping spree on customer’s credit card


LEE -- A former waitress has been ordered to pay $1,150 in restitution for going on a shopping spree with a customer’s credit card last summer.

Mendella Hardwick-Hanson, 42, a former waitress at Friendly’s restaurant in Lee, used a customer’s credit card to make $1,861 in purchases over a seven-day shopping spree between Aug. 30 through Sept. 5.

Hardwick-Hanson, of Lee, got a hold of the credit card after serving the West Stockbridge woman in the restaurant. The woman went to police after discovering the transactions.

The shopping spree included 22 transactions across 18 stores, including a transaction in Springfield, according to court documents.

West Stockbridge Police investigated the theft and traced the charges back to Hardwick-Hansen.

In Southern Berkshire District Court recently, Hardwick-Hanson admitted to sufficient facts on 18 charges that includes receiving a lost credit card, identity fraud, credit card fraud over $250 and 14 charges of credit card fraud under $250.

According to court documents, she agreed to return some of the purchased items following her arrest.

She is no longer an employee at Friendly’s, according to the restaurant manager.


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