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DON'T PUT RESTRICTIONS ON GIFT CERTIFICATES

Our children purchased gift certificates for two of our favorite restaurants. When we went to redeem the first one, we could not use it because the restaurant did not accept gift certificates on Saturdays, although it sells gift certificates at any time.

When we went to redeem the other one, the restaurant refused to give the remainder of the certificate to the waitress as a tip, indicating that it would lose money if it did so. Our children received a piece of paper for their hard-earned money, not knowing that a gift would be given to the restaurants. People should be allowed to use gift certificates as cash at those establishments, with even an option of full reimbursement if so desired.

MARIO BONAFEDE

Buffalo

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