Restaurant Finds Hilarious Way to Shame Diner Who Left Without Paying (VIDEO)

restaurant billFellow eaters, I believe we are witnessing the end of dine-and-dash misdemeanors. Skipping out on your restaurant bill is out like takeout, or it will be soon. Sadly, this is not because we've all grown consciences overnight. It's because of restaurants like Our Place: The eatery shamed a dine-and-dasher on Facebook using surveillance images of his dishonorable actions. It'll probably never happen again at Our Place. Could your favorite restaurant follow suit?

Owner Benji Arslanovski was sick of diners walking out on their bills. So he posted photos from surveillance video of a man in the act of eating with his family ... and then pocketing the receipt on his way out instead of paying it. He walked right by the register, the video shows, according to KDFW.

When Arslanovski shared the images on the restaurant's Facebook page, it went viral. "We had 42,000 views, 300 shares, and 200 comments," he says. And within 24 hours, the delinquent diner came in and settled up. (Arslanovski has since removed the photos.)

So, good for this restaurant owner. Hopefully his diners will be more honest in the future -- or if they can't be, they'll take their anti-business elsewhere. And yet, do you find the idea of a restaurant quietly recording you, with the option of posting images of you on Facebook, just a little bit creepy?

The family in the video later told KDFW they left so suddenly because they had a family emergency -- and they had every intention of paying their bill.

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Most of us wouldn't dream of doing anything at a restaurant outrageous enough to post on social media. You do always have the option of actually paying your bill. You know? Avoid the humiliation and resist the temptation to do something foolish. A restaurant may be private property, but it's a public space. You have to assume someone may have their eyes, or a camera, on you at any possible moment.

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What do you think of the idea of posting dine-and-dashers on Facebook? Does it make you like the restaurant more or less?


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CLM3345 CLM3345

Good for them, they have every right to post the video to catch a thief. It's no different than a retail store posting video of a theft and asking for the public's help to find them. I'm sure there was no family emergency either. No one walks out on a bill to pay for it later. I fully support the restaurant for busting the thief. The guy was lucky the owner only wanted the bill paid and didn't have him arrested.

youth... youthfulsoul

Ya right, they had a family emergency.

balan... balancing-act

We've already accepted as a society that we are possibly on camera/video etc in public places at any time. Restaurants are public places and have the right to monitor. It's not an uncommon practice; lots of bars and restaurants do it. . My daughter is a server at a pub type restaurant she's been dined and dashed on twice that I'm aware of.

lizhouse lizhouse

thats awesome. I hope that guy felt like a d-bag

aisdboss aisdboss

Good for them.  It is a double edged sword though.  The first one to do something, is genius, but their are too many copy cats out there counting on the mob mentality and the power of social media.  Unfortunately, there is a somewhat happy and innocent ending on this story, but there are many not so many happy endings.  People receiving death threats, companies hurt because someone posts an outrageous allegation online, looking for their 15 seconds of online infamy and perhaps a few cash donations.  Kudos to this company for standing up for themselves, but I hope that thought will be put into future posts the potential negative outcomes that are often extreme in proportion to the circumstances.


Raind... Raindancerx

"family emergecy" they mean.. bad

Railr... RailroadGirl

I felt bad enough not leaving a tip the other day ( service was the worst I've ever had). Never have done that before but to leave without paying. I just couldn't.

nonmember avatar Laura

That is awesome!! I hope more companies do that! :-)

sahmlvnv sahmlvnv

RailroadGirl, next time you get really bad service at a restaurant, leave only a penny for a tip--it is much more insulting to the server than leaving no tip at all.


nonmember avatar Kellyjuarez033

I fully support this. I wait tables to help support my family while I attend college, and it's not a fun job. If you want good tips, you work your butt off to get them. Not only did this family screw over the establishment when they walked out, they also stiffed a waiter (who makes much less than minimum wage), as well as the rest of the staff that relies on the restaurant to make money to get their paychecks. I know some people see this as a lowly job, but it's an honest job and these employees are still entitled to honest pay.

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