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Have You Ever Left a Restaurant Without Paying?

Yesterday, the New York Post ran an article about the rise of dining and dashing. In the last year, the amount of people who eat at an establishment and leave without paying has increased by 20 percent. The story describes several popular New York City restaurants that have been recently hit by diners who dash; the people who do it are, surprisingly, well-dressed, non-teens, and parents. I'll be the first to admit that I've dined and dashed, but only once, in Europe, at a place where the service was atrocious. I've never done it here in the US. How about you?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
No! But I have left without leaving a tip. I have had service that should not have been rewarded in any way. One time it was so bad I actually wrote a note and left it and explained EXACTLY why there was no tip.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
I have, sort of — in Paris. The service and food were unforgivable, and we waited and waited to pay. We ultimately paid half the bill, then got up to leave (we were sitting outdoors).
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 5 years
I have . . . but not on purpose! I thought someone else had already payed! Oops!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
I always leave some bacon for my bacon.........
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
nope. never. The Jimminy Cricket in my head chirps way too loudly if I even think about it, even though I have been tempted on several occasions. If I have a good meal but had terrible service then I'd leave a bad tip, but never dine and dash.
TheChinaman TheChinaman 5 years
My friends and I went to a bar/restaurant. A waiter came by, took our order, delivered our order and we never saw him again. We had to go to the bar for the rest of the night to get drinks. We paid for all our drinks at the bar, but weren't really interested in hunting down the waiter for our tab hours later. I'm assuming his shift ended and he forgot. I feel we did no wrong as we were there to pay for it and continued to pay for more drinks, but were never charged for the original round of appetizers and drinks. We did keep an eye out for him for awhile, but eventually gave up. Apart from that, I have not done the "dine and dash" intentionally.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i could never bring myself to sit down, get served,eat and finish a meal - no matter how atrocious any or all of these elements are - knowing that i intend on stealing what i ate. to date, all my complaints - some of which were made very emphatically - regarding food/service have been responded to in a considerate manner (including options to order something else, rescind an order or get something gratis). but to steal the food? how is that constructive? this topic was also in the news recently in the UK where black footballers had been allegedly racistly denied service in a pizza restaurant unless they paid upfront whereas other customers, as is the norm, paid at the end of their meal; the restaurant staff had concluded that black people/groups were dine-and-dash liabilities.
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