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Blackbrick Posts Dine-and-Dashers' Photo on Instagram

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Courtesy Blackbrick
Think before you dine...and dash.
Admit it. At some point in your restaurant-going life, there was a time where you almost split without paying the check. Whether you ran to the restroom and thought your friend was taking care of the bill or you waited for your server to show up and drop the check after what seemed like an eternity, there was that moment. You then probably either laughed that thought away Walter Mitty-style or you sheepishly lunged for the folio, hoping no one mistook you for a dine-and-dasher.

Blackbrick's Richard Hales is hoping that the couple who did a dine-and-dash during Sunday's busy brunch service just forgot to pay their check. Hales posted a photo on Instagram earlier today with a message to the non-payers:

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"If you are the couple in this pic who left without paying your bill please return to pay if you forgot. We have blurred the image here but have clear originals of you at the bar, sitting at the table and walking to the bathroom. 8/3 Sunday brunch 1pm - 2pm".

Hales told Short Order that this is the first time someone's walked out on a check at Blackbrick and that he hopes the couple just made a mistake. He explains that after enjoying some dim sum items, the duo told their server that they had to suddenly leave and asked for the rest of their meal to go. They waited at the bar for a few minutes, then left abruptly. Hales, who intentionally blocked the couples' faces in the photo, is hoping they come in and make good on the meal.

A "dine and dash" or "eat and run" may sound like a harmless prank, but in actuality it can land you in jail.

According to lawinfo.com, not only is skipping out on a check immoral, it's a crime that ranges from petty theft in California to a felony offense in Mississippi. In Florida, skipping out on a tab of under $100 would be considered petit theft in the second degree. If your tab is over $100, it's first degree petit theft.

There are also some restaurants that make the server responsible for the lost revenue although, according to the Florida Restaurant Law blog, the ultimate responsibility lies with management.

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Blackbrick

3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Alfonso Lozada
Alfonso Lozada

Miami New Times- you suck for putting garbage like this up. *unfollowing*

Marvin Tapia
Marvin Tapia

Is that what you do as you walk out on a bill David? Grow up!

Frank Daddario
Frank Daddario

.................THIS IS SO MIAMI this whole episode HAS BEEN STAGED to reap FREE publicity i know

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................THIS IS SO MIAMI


this whole episode HAS BEEN STAGED to reap FREE publicity


i know


Marvin Tapia
Marvin Tapia

Yes Christina, their son died but they still decided to wait for the rest of their meal to-go. The point is, they walked out on a check after consuming a meal. If this was your business, and this goes for everyone commenting here, you would have a completely different opinion (unless you're used to skipping out on checks yourself).

Jason Cotter
Jason Cotter

Almost considered doing the same here because they took so long with the check...

Denise Marie
Denise Marie

They probably dashed because that place sucks.

alexandramgarcia725
alexandramgarcia725

I've never dined and dashed before, but eating there for the first time last week had me strongly considering it. Service and food is horrible.

Carmen Costomiris
Carmen Costomiris

This restaurant management is pathetic. What if they had an emergency and the waiter took too long. So petty.

Christina Michelle Weik
Christina Michelle Weik

It sounds like they wanted to pay and said they had to leave abruptly. If the waiter took too long and they had an emergency, shit happens. I am kinda disappointed that they are making such a big stink about it and trying to embarrass the people. Imagine the people come back and say hey our son died that day that's why we left, then what?

Brian Deutzman
Brian Deutzman

Over what is portrayed as being a trifling, isolated, and potentially justifiable offense, this business took the time to: - Pull security footage - Identify the suspects - Pull a still frame - Manipulate the still frame to indicate the suspects' position and obscure their identities - Orchestrate a social media campaign suggesting that the suspects' identities will be released to law enforcement and/or the public if the suspects do not come forward - Cooperate with local media to further disseminate the suspects' image What's gratuity look like on that kind of service?

lunchtable
lunchtable

Not saying that this is what took place here, but on about 20-30 different occasions dining out in Miami (throughout my 12 years living here) I have requested a check after a meal and then been completely forgotten about by the staff. Many of these times to the point where I have to walk inside the restaurant and personally find a server or manager to print up my bill. This should never happen.

While this of course can occur anywhere in the country, it hasn't. Miami and it's surrounding areas are holding onto a notoriously bad reputation for food service, and it's warranted.

If a couple says they are in a rush, send then the check IMMEDIATELY, don't make them wait "at the bar for a few minutes". How long was this "few minutes" - because if I tell someone I'm in a rush and they make me wait around, I'm going to be pissed.

Lastly, what kind of Chinese restaurant doesn't bring a bill within .003 seconds of asking??!!

Chris Funk
Chris Funk

Midtown is like a village, I'm sure he'd recognize them. A personal, polite confrontation if you saw them again would definitely be called for. But throw a fit on Instagram? That's for food porn! What was the cost of lost food? $10-15?? it's always polite to assume good intentions, especially of people who want to give you money (and they did express urgency to the server). But instead, you'd rather extort them on social media. What's more expensive in the long run for your business??

kevandish28
kevandish28

wow, @David Lopez Scott, whats all that about? for a bald old dude you sure dont act your age.

kevandish28
kevandish28

or maybe aliens attacked or they saw bigfoot stealing their car! please, you must not have a brain at all if this is the first thing that comes to your mind. the most obvious explanation is they asked for their food to be packed up to give them a window of time in which to walk out without paying.

lcala002
lcala002

Don't want to come off as rude, but that's not an excuse. Maybe they can get away with our son is dying, for example. At least there's a chance to do something. However, the our son died example, shouldn't mean they don't have to pay. That doesn't fly in my book. Maybe they did have a legitimate excuse for walking out. However, if they don't pay what they owe soon, I think it's safe to say that they dined and ditched. 

info4023
info4023

@lunchtable They didnt ask for the bill but it was presented.  They asked for the rest of the meal to be boxed so they could leave.  When the boxes were being prepared they walked out and left the bill.  There was no delay.

lcala002
lcala002

@lunchtable The restaurant is not large. It's very convenient for them to flag down any staff member and let them know that they are in a rush and they need their server to bring the check. Regardless if the check came in 1 minute or in 10 minutes, you pay your bill and you can verbally express your disappointment to the server or manager. You DON'T walk out of the place. 


"While this of course can occur anywhere in the country, it hasn't." 


Can you honestly be 100% sure that the only place where asking for the check then being forgotten about is Miami? Out of the thousands of restaurants in the US, this only happens in Miami? Not even one? Your statement is an exaggeration at best and bullshit at worst. 

lunchtable
lunchtable

As I was speaking on MY personal experiences, yes, this phenomenon has only happened to ME in Miami. Mind you, I'm one person, so I'm going to go off on a limb here and will say that OTHERS have had different experiences...

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