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To: AmericanInTokyo
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.

In the middle of the dinner shift, I am supposed to tell a paid employee to abandon his work station to accompany a deadbeat on a wild goose chase?

Give me a break.

And what am I going to do with someone else's phone as collateral? Sell it on the black market? Go to the service provider and explain to them that I want it deactivated from its current user without his authorization and transferred to me? Which restaurant employee gets the used phone? Do they all share it? Not to mention that a used previous generation iPhone with no plan costs less online that the $200+ check this guy skipped out on.

Come on.

No wonder less and less people want to visit the USA these days.

If you look at the statistics, more and more people visit the US every year. Don't invent "facts" to bolster your weak argument.

And if an American tried to pull a similar stunt in Italy, he'd get the cops called on him too.

And it would have absolutely zero impact on any rational American's desire to visit Italy.

I can't believe the sob stories FReepers fall for sometimes.

12 posted on 01/25/2013 7:21:07 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

“It’s so crowded that nobody goes there any more.”

(I think this is one of Yogi’s)


14 posted on 01/25/2013 7:26:21 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: jimbo123

A few years back, my wife and I were traveling and stopped at a motel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I left my wife in the motel room and went to fill the gas tank. Forgot my wallet and didn’t even think about it until the gas tank was full. I was a couple of miles from the motel and figured I’d have to walk back to get my wallet but the attendant told me to just drive back, get it and then come and pay for my gas, no collateral, just my word. Boy, did I ever stiff that guy!

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Just kidding, I went back and paid for my gas.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 7:29:44 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: wideawake
to accompany a deadbeat

He's not a deadbeat. He forgot his wallet.

Give me a break.

No, I don't think I will. You're the manager of a famous restaurant, at a prominent Manhattan location. You have years of experience dealing with people, serving high-end customers and taking care of special needs. Being a people person, you have a certain flair for handling awkward situations and for being a good judge of who deserves your patience and who doesn't. If the Italian diner doesn't deserve a break, then neither does the manager who so royally screwed up. Because life is hard and unforgiving and we don't make special allowances for other people's stupid blunders -- even when they mean well. Right?

And what am I going to do with someone else's phone as collateral?

Take good care of it till he gets back. Do you think the guy's a street punk swiping people's phones? Clearly it's an expensive device and full of data the man will want to get back. It's reasonable evidence of his bona fides.

Come on.

No, you come on. The manager proved to be a bad judge of character, playing the New York hard ass and grossly insulting a guest over a paltry $208 check (at a restaurant that must gross $75,000 every day). He should be fired.

47 posted on 01/25/2013 8:22:46 AM PST by Romulus
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