Britney Spears Skips Out on Her Restaurant Bill for the Weirdest Reason

restaurant billWell I never -- who does this?!? Witnesses say Britney Spears dined and dashed at Cheesecake Factory in Thousand Oaks, California. She ordered a salad and appetizer with her boyfriend, David Lucato, and then she waltzed on out with a doggie bag, leaving behind an unpaid $30 bill. Celebrity discount? How cheesy!

But hold your judgy horses there, everyone. Britney's rep gave TMZ a perfectly good excuse, and it's one we can all relate to.

Britney told her waitress her security guy would handle the check. But he did not because he thought Britney already had. It was all just a big misunderstanding. The important thing is that Britney feels "horrible" about the incident and fully intended to cover her bill, one way or another.

Okay, maybe we can't all relate to having a security guy following us around, paying for us. But we've all dined out in groups, right? And sometimes things get a little muddled when it comes time to take care of the bill. So it's perfectly reasonable for a person to make a mistake like this if there are multiple parties who could be responsible for the check.

Now -- what to do if you do accidentally dine and dash? Pay up as soon as you realize, of course. But I also think you should apologize and then leave an extra tip. Hopefully that's what Britney did.

Now that we've squared that away, can we please talk about 1) ordering a salad at Cheesecake Factory and 2) millionaires who get doggie bags?

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At first I kind of felt sorry for Britney, going to one of the most calorically decadent restaurants in the country only to order a salad. But you know what? Even a salad there can be highly indulgent -- I mean, the caesar salad has a whopping 1,280 calories! Whoa. If I were trying to eat healthy (as I assume she's doing), I think I'd probably steer clear of the CF and go someplace that serves, you know, salad salads. And doesn't fill my nostrils with the smell of cheesyfriedstarchy decadence. But maybe there's something special about those salads I just don't know about.

And then, as TMZ so aptly puts it, Britney is "worth north of $50 million and she took the salad home in a doggie bag." Trashy or wise? Maybe I'll step aside and let y'all debate that one.

Have you ever accidentally dined and dashed? What did you do?


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luvmy... luvmybubs

I would say that it is trashy to waste food just because you are able to afford to waste it

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

I think we did once. We got a receipt from the lady but neither of us remember paying at all. Nothing showed up on the bank card either.

 We were sure we did not pay but the lady said we did and gave us a receipt. WE ended up leaving and not dinning there again it was just weird. We still had all our cash with us too.

nonmember avatar Sarah

Agreed, leaving the food would be the trashiest thing. I'm actually glad to hear she took the extra home, paying aside (I could see where you could make a mistake like that, plenty of people have accidentally dined and dashed thinking their dining companions had paid). Glad to see she isn't as wasteful as I would've guessed.

heydo... heydooney

Maybe she likes the salad?

CrazyAZ CrazyAZ

Vegetables are great. Sometimes when I'm on company travel I end up getting a salad at a steakhouse or Cheesecake Factory-kind of place because I just need to eat a salad and can't just walk to my fridge! And I will take leftovers, even though the company will buy my food, because I don't want to waste the food or the time involved in getting more food.

It makes sense to me.

steph... steph0420

Where the hell do you get trashy from leftovers?

ShellLea ShellLea

I left in the middle of a meal once because I got an emergency call, and I took the coffee with me. As soon as I was told my child had been injured I was on auto pilot. Thank goodness one of the other customers had overheard my end of the conversation and laid my bill. The resteraunt manager was able to give her a thank you card with compensation for me since she was a regular.

nonmember avatar Victoria

I agree with Steph0420. When did it become trashy to take home left-overs?

nonmember avatar Julie

I hate this myth that taking home leftovers is gauche. I'm a slow eater, I always take longer than my dining companions. I don't want to throw away perfectly good food that I can eat for another meal. I will continue to get my leftovers bagged up and happily eat them later at home or work. Sorry, not sorry.

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