Fool me once, fool me 4 times ????

Here is a copy of an article that was in my local paper today that gave me a chuckle.  I hope you find some humor in it as well. We all know the saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Somehow I feel the customer was definitely the smarter one in this case.

Man arrested in Indiana for skipping out on the same meal five straight weeks.
From The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A scofflaw who came to be known as the gin and tonic bandit went to the same restaurant each Wednesday, ordered two drinks and a rib-eye steak, then skipped out on his $25.96 bill.

His dining, drinking and dashing days may be over.

Police arrested the man on preliminary charges of theft and resisting law enforcement. He was being held early Friday at the Monroe County Jail on $2,000 bond, authorities said.

Each Wednesday night for four weeks running, the same man came into the same O’Charley’s restaurant and ordered the two drinks and the steak, restaurant manager Teresa Tolbert told police.

At the end of each meal, the wait staff would present him with his bill for $25.96, and he would excuse himself to use the restroom, then skip out without paying.

The man appeared a fifth time Wednesday night, but the restaurant was ready for him, police said.

When his server presented the bill, he again claimed he needed to use the bathroom. But when he walked out of the restaurant, four employees were waiting for him. They confronted him about the unpaid bill, which he offered to pay with a check, police said.

After Tolbert told him the restaurant didn’t accept checks, the man “got nervous and ran,” according to the police report.

Officer Randy Gehlhausen caught up with the man as he was trying to open his car door. The diner struggled with Gehlhausen, who wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him.

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One Response to “Fool me once, fool me 4 times ????”

  1. SoCalMuchacha Says:

    Sheesh, that restaurant staff is most definitely the “fool” in this one. I spent more time than I’d care to remember as a waitress, so there’s no way in heck I’d be serving someone more than once if they ran out on the bill. And there’s no way in heck the manager would have let the person back in the restaurant. Trust me, we sooooo would remember folks we waited on…especially based on tips. 😉


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