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2012-03-03 11:47:50 PM
Looks like the Special Olympics have found a new participant.
 
2012-03-04 12:46:38 AM
That's good advice.
 
2012-03-04 12:59:18 AM
..... **rushes off to cancel plans for next weekend**
 
2012-03-04 01:01:02 AM
Given the police presence in the restaurant, it's not surprising that the man was snagged and charged with obtaining services less than $100.

lolwut

/I assume it's legal speak for stealing
 
2012-03-04 01:04:17 AM

VvonderJesus: Given the police presence in the restaurant, it's not surprising that the man was snagged and charged with obtaining services less than $100.

lolwut

/I assume it's legal speak for stealing


Well, I assume that since it's a restaurant it would be expected to be a 'service' rather than a 'good'. Like, if you skipped out on paying for a tire rotation, are you 'stealing' something? No physical theft has occurred, but you are denying a service provider their due.
 
2012-03-04 01:05:30 AM

dj_bigbird: Looks like the Special Olympics have found a new participant.


Doesn't beat the idiots who tried to streak my local denny's and had their car stolen while they were in the restaurant, all while two highway patrol troopers were having coffee at the first booth of the restaurant didn't notice until the streakers bolted for the door......... they didn't order anything, but ran into a shock when the car with their clothes in it was..............GONE..........

/Good news everyone, the car was ditched a half mile away in a ditch, unfortunately the clothes were gone, however no arrests were made to the streakers.

//The Special Olympics emailed and said "potato"
 
2012-03-04 01:06:09 AM
Applebee's, dude. Applebee's.
 
2012-03-04 01:07:56 AM
You mean coops were actually serving their community for once?
 
2012-03-04 01:08:32 AM
Cops. Curse my boozetyping.
 
2012-03-04 01:13:37 AM
Bet that the dishes revolved around bacon and ham.
 
2012-03-04 01:26:14 AM
I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb
 
2012-03-04 01:41:57 AM

Weigard: You mean coops were actually serving their community for once?


well they were serving Applebees food.....
 
2012-03-04 01:42:05 AM
static1.consumerist.com

/what a police force serving the public looks like
 
2012-03-04 01:44:02 AM

xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb


I thought about it when I was younger and almost did it once. But then it came to mind that IF I got caught and my father found out, life as I knew it would have been over. My father wasn't a man you messed with as a young boy.
 
2012-03-04 01:53:26 AM

VvonderJesus: Given the police presence in the restaurant, it's not surprising that the man was snagged and charged with obtaining services less than $100.

lolwut

/I assume it's legal speak for stealing


In Oregon we refer to this guy's alleged crime as "theft of services".
 
2012-03-04 01:56:23 AM

xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb


You and your Beverly hills friends must be first class people.
 
2012-03-04 01:59:22 AM

xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb


I dined and dashed a couple times as a kid. The one that worked out much better, with less chance (if any) chance of legal repercussions is to go into any random fast food restaurant during the lunch rush. Have a ticked off look on your face, and when you get to the cashier say that you had gone through drive thru 10 minutes ago, and one of the whoppers/big macs/tacos was missing. Kinda mumble under your breath like your ticked and 19 times out of 20 they give it to you with an apology. The only way it won't work is if they ask for the receipt. You can say great! It's at home! This is some serious bullshiat. If they still persist, then try the next one. I was a kid, so spare me the rough criticism.

images.cheezburger.com

/csb
 
2012-03-04 02:04:37 AM

OBBN: xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb

I thought about it when I was younger and almost did it once. But then it came to mind that IF I got caught and my father found out, life as I knew it would have been over. My father wasn't a man you messed with as a young boy.


xl5150, that's not a cool story at all. I would have banned your asses, if it was my restaurant. If I wasn't allowed to ban your asses, I would have instituted a new policy of 'pay before eating'. You took food out of someone else's mouth, for what? You guys weren't hungry. You guys weren't on the point of starving. You all just needed a good belting.

OBBN, it shouldn't have been done not because it was tempting, but because it's just wrong to do, like raping toddlers or stealing from the elderly. If it took the thought of an ass-beating from your father to make you stop, I guess 6 of one is half dozen of another.
 
2012-03-04 02:07:57 AM

xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb


no, that is not a cool story, bro.
 
2012-03-04 02:14:12 AM

Mixolydian Master: I dined and dashed a couple times as a kid.... I was a kid, so spare me the rough criticism.


That has nothing to do with being a kid, and everything to do with poor discipline and being allowed to get away with poor judgement with no consequences. it should have never entered your mind to steal as a form of entertainment.

You don't roll up into a store and steal goods off the shelf or the rack just because it's the rush.

You don't roll up into a store and pick an item up off the shelf then go to customer service and claim you want to return the item, but you forgot the receipt.

Likewise, you don't roll up into a restaurant during the rush and make some counter people's day worse just because you're too farking cheap to be honest.

/so when did you absorb the lesson from your parents that stealing from poorer people than you was ok?
.
 
2012-03-04 02:14:13 AM

xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb


Charming.

And by "charming" I mean "asshole."
 
2012-03-04 02:15:23 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: OBBN, it shouldn't have been done not because it was tempting, but because it's just wrong to do, like raping toddlers or stealing from the elderly.


What about stealing from toddlers who rape the elderly?
 
2012-03-04 02:17:37 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: Mixolydian Master: I dined and dashed a couple times as a kid.... I was a kid, so spare me the rough criticism.

That has nothing to do with being a kid, and everything to do with poor discipline and being allowed to get away with poor judgement with no consequences. it should have never entered your mind to steal as a form of entertainment.

You don't roll up into a store and steal goods off the shelf or the rack just because it's the rush.

You don't roll up into a store and pick an item up off the shelf then go to customer service and claim you want to return the item, but you forgot the receipt.

Likewise, you don't roll up into a restaurant during the rush and make some counter people's day worse just because you're too farking cheap to be honest.

/so when did you absorb the lesson from your parents that stealing from poorer people than you was ok?
.


I was raised off and on in an orphanage and fostered by heroin addicts
 
2012-03-04 02:19:57 AM
Mixolydian Master
Location: In a talent agents office with the fam
*update* Now back in California

xl5150
Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Gee, I can't imagine why the rest of America hates you guys. With the kind of people who brag about stealing from restaurants, you should be at the height of popularity.
 
2012-03-04 02:23:26 AM

Lsherm: Mixolydian Master
Location: In a talent agents office with the fam
*update* Now back in California

xl5150
Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Gee, I can't imagine why the rest of America hates you guys. With the kind of people who brag about stealing from restaurants, you should be at the height of popularity.


Well, we are the world's fifth largest economy, right after France. I think if we seceded, we'd do just fine and get over it.

California only cares about California. Blow us
 
2012-03-04 02:28:13 AM

Lsherm: Mixolydian Master
Location: In a talent agents office with the fam
*update* Now back in California

xl5150
Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Gee, I can't imagine why the rest of America hates you guys. With the kind of people who brag about stealing from restaurants, you should be at the height of popularity.


That link is amazing. California is going broke, but it's a tiny minority of Republicans who are at fault?

/the top 5 show suspicious parity
//where *is* Texas?
///I want to see the list of most hated cities in America
 
2012-03-04 02:28:36 AM

Lsherm: Gee, I can't imagine why the rest of America hates you guys. With the kind of people who brag about stealing from restaurants, you should be at the height of popularity.


Newsflash: we don't care what the "people" in backwoods, mouth-breathing, Hicksville Rednecksburg think.
 
2012-03-04 02:28:52 AM

Mixolydian Master: I think if we seceded, we'd do just fine and get over it.


Absent a military to protect your harbors and the rest of the coast? We'd just come in and take the valuable parts and leave you the valley. Californians seem to think that they exist in some kind of independent bubble, at least until the state runs out of money and they have to come crawling to mommy federal government to bail them out.

Also, fark you for dining and dashing, or trying to steal one taco from a farking fast food joint. It's an asshole thing to do, and "I was a kid" isn't an excuse. It speaks to poor upbringing. It speaks to poor character as an adult to brag about it instead of apologizing for it. I'm sure you're an asshole in real life and don't even realize it.
 
2012-03-04 02:28:54 AM

Lsherm: xl5150


xl5150 is a known troll.
 
2012-03-04 02:30:20 AM

Kahabut: xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb

You and your Beverly hills friends must be first class people.


To be fair, I didn't grow up here.
 
2012-03-04 02:31:07 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Lsherm: xl5150

xl5150 is a known troll.


And Bathia_Mapes is a known coont.
 
2012-03-04 02:33:15 AM

Mixolydian Master: Lsherm: Mixolydian Master
Location: In a talent agents office with the fam
*update* Now back in California

xl5150
Location: Beverly Hills, CA

Gee, I can't imagine why the rest of America hates you guys. With the kind of people who brag about stealing from restaurants, you should be at the height of popularity.

Well, we are the world's fifth largest economy, right after France. I think if we seceded, we'd do just fine and get over it.

California only cares about California. Blow us


Yeah. I'm sure all the states who have their water drained to support your 'we need it to prevent reverting back to the desert' asses will do just fine and 'get over it', too. No respect for consequences whatsoever.
 
2012-03-04 02:33:51 AM

Lsherm: Mixolydian Master: I think if we seceded, we'd do just fine and get over it.

Absent a military to protect your harbors and the rest of the coast? We'd just come in and take the valuable parts and leave you the valley. Californians seem to think that they exist in some kind of independent bubble, at least until the state runs out of money and they have to come crawling to mommy federal government to bail them out.

Also, fark you for dining and dashing, or trying to steal one taco from a farking fast food joint. It's an asshole thing to do, and "I was a kid" isn't an excuse. It speaks to poor upbringing. It speaks to poor character as an adult to brag about it instead of apologizing for it. I'm sure you're an asshole in real life and don't even realize it.



And you're trying togive me shiat for something I did when I was twelve, thirteen. You're down with plundering an entire state. You're trollin' hardcore

/ignored
 
2012-03-04 02:37:15 AM
"You're reading FARK: the website that does not advocate the cool crime of stealing."
tvmedia.ign.com
 
2012-03-04 02:41:40 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: xl5150, that's not a cool story at all. I would have banned your asses, if it was my restaurant. If I wasn't allowed to ban your asses, I would have instituted a new policy of 'pay before eating'. You took food out of someone else's mouth, for what? You guys weren't hungry. You guys weren't on the point of starving. You all just needed a good belting.


2.bp.blogspot.com
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2012-03-04 02:48:35 AM
i104.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-04 02:51:32 AM

Mixolydian Master: [i104.photobucket.com image 640x518]


Was there a point to posting this? Or are you just demonstrating how awesome you are at being a judgemental dick to strangers? 'Cause if that's the case, job well done, man.
 
2012-03-04 03:01:58 AM

Mixolydian Master: xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb

I dined and dashed a couple times as a kid. The one that worked out much better, with less chance (if any) chance of legal repercussions is to go into any random fast food restaurant during the lunch rush. Have a ticked off look on your face, and when you get to the cashier say that you had gone through drive thru 10 minutes ago, and one of the whoppers/big macs/tacos was missing. Kinda mumble under your breath like your ticked and 19 times out of 20 they give it to you with an apology. The only way it won't work is if they ask for the receipt. You can say great! It's at home! This is some serious bullshiat. If they still persist, then try the next one. I was a kid, so spare me the rough criticism.



/csb


I'd just ask if they had extra food to give away and over half the time they did.
 
2012-03-04 03:12:52 AM

TeDDD: VvonderJesus: Given the police presence in the restaurant, it's not surprising that the man was snagged and charged with obtaining services less than $100.

lolwut

/I assume it's legal speak for stealing

Well, I assume that since it's a restaurant it would be expected to be a 'service' rather than a 'good'. Like, if you skipped out on paying for a tire rotation, are you 'stealing' something? No physical theft has occurred, but you are denying a service provider their due.


Usually it's called "theft of service" I've never heard of it referred to as "obtaining services less than $100"
 
2012-03-04 03:18:32 AM

Lsherm: xl5150: I miss dine-and-dashing. We used to do it all the time as teenagers. We had a running contest over who could run up the highest tab and then dash. I was up around $50 once, but I had friends who did much better.

/csb

Charming.

And by "charming" I mean "asshole."


It is certainly not a CSB, and the fact that the nameless xl5150 thinks it's a cool story says a lot about him or her. Good luck with that next security check, when you apply for a "job" (whatever that means any more).

Here is a PSA, which may or may not be a CSB:

I was writing free-lance for motorcycle and car magazines during the late 1960s, and CYCLE Magazine sent me and the late Jim Marshall to Virginia City, Nevada, to do a touring piece. Jim's the photographer who got the finger from Johnny Cash, in that famous snapshot.

I was riding a Kawasaki W-1, aka "the world's best beezer" as it was a vertical twin 650 that the "world-beater" British should have built.

Jim and I stopped for lunch at a nice middle-class restaurant. We had just ordered when two young guys walked in, and one of them made a bee-line for our table. He said Hi! to Jim and me, and I thought that he had possibly seen something I'd written, or he'd seen the reasonably exotic bike outside, or whatever - trying not unnaturally to figure just who this citizen was. I was not at all famous but your name and face get around a bit (even before the intarwebs made this a trite matter)(not to mention Paris Hilton's pu66y boggling the world's eyeballs).

The two of them sat down and had their meal, and the next thing I knew the Manager of the restaurant, already getting a little huffy, walked over and said "Your friends walked out without paying".

All became clear, and our protests that we did not know the azzles were accepted, as the Manager also picked up on this nice trick.

Thus it pays to be alert when you're greeted in such a fashion. Next time it happens I plan to pass a note to the waiter to keep an eye on the table for bolters.

/end PSA
 
2012-03-04 03:26:42 AM

Mixolydian Master: ExperianScaresCthulhu: Mixolydian Master: I dined and dashed a couple times as a kid.... I was a kid, so spare me the rough criticism.

That has nothing to do with being a kid, and everything to do with poor discipline and being allowed to get away with poor judgement with no consequences. it should have never entered your mind to steal as a form of entertainment.

You don't roll up into a store and steal goods off the shelf or the rack just because it's the rush.

You don't roll up into a store and pick an item up off the shelf then go to customer service and claim you want to return the item, but you forgot the receipt.

Likewise, you don't roll up into a restaurant during the rush and make some counter people's day worse just because you're too farking cheap to be honest.

/so when did you absorb the lesson from your parents that stealing from poorer people than you was ok?
.

I was raised off and on in an orphanage and fostered by heroin addicts


Oh. Well, that makes it OK, then. You're also entitled to one free three-state killing spree, if you're hot.
 
2012-03-04 04:38:57 AM
When a poor college student, I did the "dine and dine" at the local Rax restaurant. They had this sort of baked-potato/taco/pizza/salad bar thing where you'd pay your tab, get a tray, and eat all you liked. I'd eat my fill, wash the tray in the restroom, then bring it back during the lunch rush the next day when the counter people weren't paying attention, and continue eating. It was good for about four days until the tray fell apart.

The only time I did an intentional dine and (sort of) dash, it was because I was freaking starving, and my entire paycheck had already been spent on rent and utilities. I had a nice meal, then told the server that my cash was somehow no longer in my wallet. I gave my ID to the manager, apologized profusely, and offered to leave it with her until I came up with the cash. She refused, and just asked me to pay as soon as I could. A couple days later, I did, with a generous tip.

I don't think I ever did the traditional dine & dash.
 
2012-03-04 06:12:08 AM

buckler: When a poor college student, I did the "dine and dine" at the local Rax restaurant. They had this sort of baked-potato/taco/pizza/salad bar thing where you'd pay your tab, get a tray, and eat all you liked. I'd eat my fill, wash the tray in the restroom, then bring it back during the lunch rush the next day when the counter people weren't paying attention, and continue eating. It was good for about four days until the tray fell apart.

The only time I did an intentional dine and (sort of) dash, it was because I was freaking starving, and my entire paycheck had already been spent on rent and utilities. I had a nice meal, then told the server that my cash was somehow no longer in my wallet. I gave my ID to the manager, apologized profusely, and offered to leave it with her until I came up with the cash. She refused, and just asked me to pay as soon as I could. A couple days later, I did, with a generous tip.

I don't think I ever did the traditional dine & dash.


a) if you were broke, why were you eating out? ramen has a bad rep, but it still only costs cents per package.

b) i hate buffet, because people are nasty, they don't wash their hands, they cough all over everything, they spit all over everything, and some establishment actually let you wash a disposable tray? I'll admit, the only time I've seen disposable trays at a buffet was when someone was claiming they needed to take out. I did not think you could (usually) get disposable trays at a buffet as a matter of course, you get hard china (or plastic) and you do not take those home.

I remember Rax, from the midwest, they had great rolls, but the rolls were not worth the nasty shiat people did in order to maximize their buffet experience. It's like people go insane at the mention of 'all you can eat/go back for seconds'.

c) if some restaurant let you get away with the 'here's my ID', were you living in a small town where everyone knew you, and you were the town sad puppy? what made you trust *them* to keep your ID confidential instead of misusing it? and what were you supposed to do with your ID in the couple days you didn't have it? what would have happened if you had been stopped and asked for ID, or you had had to present your ID while buying something?

yours is an amazing story. it just sounds like there's something missing for you to get the treatment you did.

Also, trust, counter people will know that the same dude is coming in and washing the tray off in the restroom. Now, *why* they allowed you to do it until the tray fell apart is the real story.

what is that 'other part of the story'? if I may ask.
 
2012-03-04 06:38:09 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: what is that 'other part of the story'? if I may ask.


I don't really know, to be honest. I think it may just have been a combination of being lucky and having an honest demeanor. As for the Rax thing, as I said, I was a poor college student. That's true. Maybe the counter staff didn't really give a damn...I'll never know.

The restaurant in the other incident was one I never had gone to before. I was literally out of food at home, and I figured it'd be more reasonable to do what I did than to say, shoplift something. I think the manager trusted me more because I did offer my ID as collateral, as it's something she could immediately turn over to police to cite me as they wished. I wasn't thinking about going without it for a couple of days, but rather about deliberately making myself vulnerable to gain her trust, which I did. Because I fulfilled that trust, everything came out ok. I'd never even try anything like that now, of course...that was my misspent youth, lessons learned and such. I still count it better than just eating and leaving, though.
 
2012-03-04 06:42:49 AM
Good lord, what kind of people is this country made of?
 
2012-03-04 07:13:15 AM

buckler: ExperianScaresCthulhu: what is that 'other part of the story'? if I may ask.

I don't really know, to be honest. I think it may just have been a combination of being lucky and having an honest demeanor. As for the Rax thing, as I said, I was a poor college student. That's true. Maybe the counter staff didn't really give a damn...I'll never know.

The restaurant in the other incident was one I never had gone to before. I was literally out of food at home, and I figured it'd be more reasonable to do what I did than to say, shoplift something. I think the manager trusted me more because I did offer my ID as collateral, as it's something she could immediately turn over to police to cite me as they wished. I wasn't thinking about going without it for a couple of days, but rather about deliberately making myself vulnerable to gain her trust, which I did. Because I fulfilled that trust, everything came out ok. I'd never even try anything like that now, of course...that was my misspent youth, lessons learned and such. I still count it better than just eating and leaving, though.


Well, I don't think your intention was to steal, so while the method might have been shady you were honest in the end. I wonder what would have happened if you'd gone to the manager ahead of time and explained the situation and offered to bus tables for a shift in exchange for a meal.
 
2012-03-04 08:05:32 AM
My friend asked me to take him to this Mandarin take out joint he ordered a ton of food . I should have realized when he ordered it that his real name wasn't Anthony Perkins ,anyway he came running out of the restaurant with the order,( wearing a fake beard ) and tells me to hit the gas so these Asian folk wouldn't catch him.
 
2012-03-04 09:04:00 AM

TeDDD: Well, I assume that since it's a restaurant it would be expected to be a 'service' rather than a 'good'. Like, if you skipped out on paying for a tire rotation, are you 'stealing' something? No physical theft has occurred, but you are denying a service provider their due.


And the $100 is probably the cutoff between levels of the charge and, consequently, potential sentencing options. (Like 3rd degree vs. 2nd, or misdemeanor vs. felony, etc.)
 
2012-03-04 09:22:28 AM
Hunh. I tripped a kid once that dined and dashed. He broke his nose and lost some front teeth.

Is that a csb?
 
2012-03-04 09:50:48 AM

Weigard: You mean cops were actually serving their community for once?


Happens way more often than you might think. Bad cops are more newsworthy though.
 
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