I work in retail at a furniture store as my main job but a about year ago I decided to torture myself some more and took a part time job working at a small seafood restaurant. Today I was thinking about an incident that happened there.
A family of four comes in, two kids about eleven and twelve and what I guess you could call their parents (druggies I guess, but what do I know) I know right off they are going to be trouble.
First thing that clues me in is they ask to be seated at a table closest to the door. Big red flag, they are going to dine and dash. I have everyone in the restaurant watching them and inform the manager. The manager tells me to go ahead and wait on them, what else can we do?
They order expensive seafood platters, drinks, steaks and fancy desserts. The check is around $150, but what does that matter? I don't even get the check to the table, I look over and they are gone. I didn't see it but some co-workers told me they sent the kids out to the car first, waited a few minutes and then bolted.
This is the funny part of this story: They left their car keys on the table.
We watch, as the manager calls the police, them scramble and frantically look through their pockets for the keys. They see us all watching and the manager on the phone. They all scurry out of the car, run across the street to a strip mall and go into a McDonalds.
The cops show up and bring them back over to the restaurant. They try and say that each of them thought the other one took care of the check.
The manager tells them, OK just pay the check now and we won't press charges. OOPS..Guess what? They don't have any money.
While this is going on the police have their Ids and are running their names. They put the man in cuffs and into the cruiser he goes. He's going to jail regardless, must be a warrant or something. The woman makes a few calls on her cell and about a half hour later an older woman shows up and pays the check with her credit card. She looks unhappy but really doesn't say anything, she just sighs and signs the credit card slip, even writes in a tip. I am guessing it was grandma. We give yucky mom her car keys and off they go.
The very sad part of this story is that there were two children involved in this, that part was not funny to me at all. It's one thing to scam and steal but to bring your kids along? Hopefully it was a lesson to the parents, but as the manager pointed out, the kids didn't look to upset or scared when the police were there. You just know they have been through this type of thing before.
Everyone, please stay safe over the long weekend!