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Have YOU Ever Dined and Dashed?

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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'Dine & Dashers' Vanish After Racking Up $230,000 Hotel Bill

by Jenny Erikson

You’ve heard of dine and dash, right? It’s the practice of dining out at a restaurant and then dashing away before the check comes to avoid paying it. Well this story is like that, but on a much, much larger scale.

Three gentlemen recently spent two months living the high-life at a five-star Swiss chalet to the tune of $16,400 a week. When it was time to check out, the stealthy con artists left an “acknowledgement of debt” for the $230,000 they had racked up and vanished into the night.

The retirees claimed to be from the French Riviera before checking into the luxury hotel, where they indulged in such niceties as health treatments, massages, silk sheets, high-end dinners, and buckets of vintage champagne.

From The Daily Meal:

“Such a large sum is a record,” said Patrick Berod, director of hoteliers in the region. He said con men regularly dine and dash at luxury hotels, but €170,000, or over $230,000, was a new high. He said this type of con man usually covers his tracks well and presents an image of being a regular high-roller, often arriving in a helicopter or a Ferrari, which probably came from another hotel and hadn’t been paid for either. These guys padded their already high hotel bill with all manner of luxuries.

Ok, I get that this kind of thing can happen when you’re out to eat -- even at super fancy restaurants. I’ve never once been asked upfront to secure payment before noshing on shrimp cocktail. But I have traveled quite a bit over the last several years, and one of the first things they do at the check-in counter at hotels is put your credit card on file. Heck, you usually have to give them your payment information to even book the room!

Is it really possible that these three scammers went two entire months without anyone asking for any sort of payment? Was the staff at the hotel too afraid of offending the perceived high-rollers to demand that they show them the money?

The whole thing is insane. A Swiss court has already found the interlopers guilty of swindling, but seeing as no one knows who they are or where they went, it’s doubtful they’ll serve any time.

Have you ever dined and dashed?

by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

You need to put a card on file.  However, if the card is fraudulent they might not catch it until after they try to take payment.  Or, you can put a card on file, but it won't have nearly enough to cover the debt.  Or, you can put a stolen card on file, and it won't show up as canceled or stolen until they try to bill it.  Those kinds of places don't usually grab the tab until you check out.

Personally, I have never dined and dashed. 

by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

 I've never dined and dashed, but when I was a server at a high end restaurant many years ago, I had this happen once. Four people had dinner, then ordered desserts, the men asked where they could smoke, I directed them to the bar, and the women asked where the restrooms were. As I went into the kitchen to get their desserts, they all got up from the table and went in two directions. Fortunately the manager felt something was out of kilter when he saw the women turn around and quickly start for the front door. He stopped them and asked if he could be of assistence, and they said they were looking for the bar and he told them they were going in the wrong direction, and that he would be glad to show them the way, and so they walked into the bar. He then told them that the men they were with had just gone out the front door, without paying the bill and would they like to pay with cash or credit card. After they huffed and puffed, they paid. 

Later I open a diner-type restaurant. Only one time a guy tried to run out without paying. When the waitress yelled, "He didn't pay", two biker types  ran after him and brought him back and told him to pull out his wallet and after he paid they told him he forgot to tip his waitress, and he put down a dollar, they said, "more" and kept on till he finally asked how much they expected him to pay, and they said "more". When he finally had $20, they asked the waitress if that was enough for her trouble, and she said yes and they told him he could go.  lol

by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM
Never have or will.
by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Never have. I couldn't do that
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by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Never ever

by Michelle on Feb. 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Have never and would never.

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