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Italian Tourist Dining At Smith & Wollensky Forgot Wallet, Spent Night In Jail
gothamist ^

Posted on 01/25/2013 11:56:15 AM PST by SMGFan

Every waiter knows that Europeans are among the worst tippers on earth, but they can usually be counted on to at least pay the bill. But the Maitre d' at Midtown East steakhouse Smith & Wollensky wasn't about to take any chances on Italian tourist Graziano Graziussi when, at the end of his meal Monday night, he realized he forgot his wallet in his hotel. The bill came to $208, and apparently washing dishes is no longer an option these days.

Graziussi, who was dining at the restaurant with a friend, tells Honest Cooking, "I kindly asked the staff how we could manage the situation. I proposed to leave my iPhone with them, run back to the hotel and then come back with my wallet in 15 minutes.” Instead, the Maitre d' called the cops. "I wasn’t worried," Graziuissi says. "I thought that the police would laugh at the situation and let me go get my wallet. But, they were pretty rough. They handcuffed me outside the restaurant and took me straight to jail like a criminal."

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1 posted on 01/25/2013 11:56:22 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Maybe the friend could have paid, and worked it out between them afterwards?


2 posted on 01/25/2013 11:59:38 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: SMGFan
I think it was the NY Post that claimed this guy was a "regular." Protip: if you spend the night in jail because your forgot your wallet, you are NOT a "regular."
3 posted on 01/25/2013 12:00:06 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: SMGFan
Every waiter knows that Europeans are among the worst tippers on earth

When I was in Europe many years ago, tipping wasn't practiced in restaurants. Instead, a service charge was added to the bil. So tipping probably isn't part of their culture.

4 posted on 01/25/2013 12:03:38 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: SMGFan

Given that it’s the NYPD he was dealing with he’s lucky they didn’t shoot him eighty times for ‘resisting arrest’.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 12:04:46 PM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: NEMDF; SMGFan
Why bother even telling the restaurant that you forgot your wallet?

Simply send your girlfriend back to the hotel for the wallet. The waiter need know that you forgot the wallet.

While she is gone you can have another glass of wine and enjoy the evening.

6 posted on 01/25/2013 12:06:34 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: SMGFan
Diffent article. Lots of comments.

Italian tourist busted at posh East Side steakhouse for forgetting wallet (Arrested in NYC)

Friday, January 25, 2013 8:58:33 AM · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | KERRY BURKE AND JOE KEMP

 

 

7 posted on 01/25/2013 12:07:25 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: NEMDF

There might be more to this story. The article included some things that didn’t compute, for example, the friend he was dining with had no money either, but no mention of him being arrested as well.

Another thing is that most better hotels in NYC have concierges whose job it is to handle situations of all sorts, and would likely accept phone permission to enter his room and recover his wallet, providing his credit card number and security code to the restaurant.

Unless, of course, he was only carrying cash or traveler’s checks. And even in that case, some concierges would provide what was needed to be brought to the restaurant by messenger.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 12:10:01 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: MeganC
Given that it’s the NYPD he was dealing with he’s lucky they didn’t shoot him eighty times for ‘resisting arrest’.

I'm glad I wasn't at the table NEXT to him. Seventy of those bullets would have come my way.

-PJ

9 posted on 01/25/2013 12:15:25 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SMGFan

Rule #1 and #2 when travelling in another country: Never separate yourself from your passport or your wallet. Never. Even when showering put it in a baggie next to you


10 posted on 01/25/2013 12:15:26 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Fiji Hill

I hear that non-tipping culture excuse all the time. If you come to America, check out our customs. Or don’t leave home.


11 posted on 01/25/2013 3:07:08 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Smith & Wollensky is hardly “posh.” It’s nice enough but I guess the readers of the Daily News might think it’s posh. Maybe they eat at Ted’s Steakhouse.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 3:10:29 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

I meant the infamous Tad’s Steakhouse.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 3:12:01 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SMGFan

lol, yeah... he “forgot” his wallet.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 3:13:15 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: miss marmelstein
If you come to America, check out our customs.

Amazing how New Yorkers/New Joisians think their culture is American culture. In fact, America starts right outside your state lines. May be demonstrated with rows of artillery some time in the future.

15 posted on 01/25/2013 3:14:22 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: SMGFan

The same thing happened to Al Bundy and all he did was take off his shoe and aim it (and it’s smell) at the rest of the patrons, and they let him go.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 3:28:24 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: miss marmelstein
I hear that non-tipping culture excuse all the time.

I wish we would adopt some of that non-tipping culture. Tipping seems to be spreading here--I read that nowadays, even gas station attendants should be tipped.

It used to be that one only tipped a waitress if she provided outstanding service, and the staff at fast-food eateries were never tipped.

17 posted on 01/25/2013 3:40:13 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I agree that tipping is getting out of hand. But if the gasoline attendant cleans my windows, he gets a tip.

Waiters depend on tips. That’s one way of keeping costs down on the food that we are served in restaurants. (Well, that’s the theory, anyway). I rarely have bad service in restaurants and so always tip the waiter or barman.


18 posted on 01/26/2013 3:39:21 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I agree that tipping is getting out of hand. But if the gasoline attendant cleans my windows, he gets a tip.

Waiters depend on tips. That’s one way of keeping costs down on the food that we are served in restaurants. (Well, that’s the theory, anyway). I rarely have bad service in restaurants and so always tip the waiter or barman.


19 posted on 01/26/2013 3:39:43 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I agree that tipping is getting out of hand. But if the gasoline attendant cleans my windows, he gets a tip.

Waiters depend on tips. That’s one way of keeping costs down on the food that we are served in restaurants. (Well, that’s the theory, anyway). I rarely have bad service in restaurants and so always tip the waiter or barman.


20 posted on 01/26/2013 3:39:43 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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