If you going to go;go big!
That will happen in quite a few places. I’ve heard of the local Denny’s doing it to people.
A lot of people use this as a tactic to skip out on their bill.
If that is the full and true story the guy offered collateral of some sort, and would go accompanied to get the cash, then the restaurant are a bunch of hard asses. No wonder less and less people want to visit the USA these days. Its OK, many people don’t want foreigners visiting, but it just means less revenue for everybody stateside, particularly the tourism industry. I swear sometimes it might be renamed the United States of Overreaction (I feel this just about every time I hear the Marine Corps-type yelling of TSA at common citizens). I’d never eat at such a restaurant. A working phone is no small thing to leave behind.
At a gas station in town, someone pumped a full tank of gas and had forgotten their wallet so they left their child while they ran home to get it. Two hours later, the gas station called the cops. When they finally tracked the woman down, she told them she got busy on something else and forgot.
He should have checked to see if he had his wallet before he ordered anything.
If the guido’s story is legit then the friend could have been called and asked to bring the wallet.
“What’sa matta you, hey
Gotta no respect, whatta you think you do
Why you looka so sad?
It’s-a not so bad, it’s-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap you face”
never expect sympathy in New York City.
Why is this a story... this is an everyday event.
No steak dinner is worth $200. The owners are the ones who are making out like bandits.
Graziano Graziussi, a 43-year-old lawyer from Naples...
He says he's 43? I wouldn't beleive anything else he says. ;)
I feel for the guy, but what’s the restaurant supposed to do? I cannot imagine the number of customers this place gets in a week. It’s harsh, but I can’t blame the restaurant manager.
This story is in the NY Post as well, and probably in the news in and around NYC. This is not good press for Smith & Wollensky ... the $200.00 is just a fraction of the money they will lose as a result.
I would sue for false arrest.
Evidently there is a much-needed free-market service. I can give my credit card by phone and have them send me frozen steaks. Why can’t I make a call and have them pay for a restaurant steak?
They could also call a local mafioso, and have him accompany the guy to get cash, and take a commission.