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Stealing a Meal

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Stealing a Meal

Juniper | Jul 24, 2006 10:12 PM

My partner and I were enjoying a lovely dinner at a bistro and we couldn't help but notice the table next to us since they were rather loud. But other than that, they seemed like three normal guys, just out to enjoy some food in the company of friends. Towards the end of the evening, one of the guys got a call on his cell and about 15 minutes later, got up and left. The last two stayed another 15 minutes and while all the wait staff were occupied with something else, they too got up and left. Initially, I thought they went out for a smoke, but when the server returned, she checked the outside of the restaurant for the three patrons and saw no sight of them. It seems they took off without paying the bill!

Naive me, I'd never witnessed something like this before. I felt so bad for the owner/proprietor because this bistro is his labour of love and I know that profit margins in the restaurant business is quite low. These three twerps probably wiped out a good chunk of the profits the restaurant made that evening.

Has anyone else witnessed something like this before and was anyone else as utterly shocked as I was about the whole episode?

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