The Great Bottle Scam
I love this topic. Thanks to Dave for introducing it. By the way, Dave, I know the Crisco Kid thing didn't work out for you, but I still think we can come up with a user name that lets us know you're THE Dave.
Last evening we were eating at one of our favorite places, I think we've been going there for 12 years or so, and witnessed a patron's attempt to get a free bottle of wine with their meal. He presented the server with a hand scribbled note that promised a free bottle on the next visit. I've know the server for years and on my way to the WC she showed me the note and asked me if I had any idea of who signed it, because the signature was scribbled. I did not. ...
She had also asked the patron if he could describe the server; he gave some muddled description. We could not figure out who this may have been. And the patron told her that he had not been in to the restaurant in several years! The restaurant manager was going to give them a free bottle, but then the owner stepped in and said no. I've seen some strange situations before, but this was the first free bottle scam I'd ever seen. I did not search the blog for this topic, but I can imagine there are some incredible stories out there.
I'm sure there are, too, and if any of you has one I hope you'll share it with us. The only story I have is the couple pretending to be Mr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Large.
(Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/MCT)