Food crime stories
After a man paid $71 for a bill of $91 at Umami Bistro in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road about 9 p.m. Monday and refused to pay the remaining $20, he left and was about to get into his pickup truck when a restaurant employee confronted him and demanded the balance. Police said the man snatched the $71 and a check from the employee's grasp and drove away. ...
That's one of those items where you wish Paul Harvey were still around to say, "And now for the rest of the story..." Why did he pay so much but balk at the rest? What was a crook doing eating at such an unlikely restaurant? Did the employee get his license number? Etc., etc.
I had the employee of a restaurant chase after me once (or actually my party). We had left an adequate but not generous tip at a Chinese restaurant on Greenmount Avenue, and the owner came running out after us yelling it wouldn't even cover the cost of laundering the tablecloth.