There was a chap in the restaurant the other night dressed in black trousers, black shirt and black shoes and looked every part like a waiter. I had to double take as I thought for a moment they had hired a new guy without first informing me. Not that they have to inform me of anything but I would have been upset if they hadn't. And by upset I mean a barrel of rage and anger. But the fact that he was swigging from a Coors and pawing over the young lady beside him, and he was very much pawing all over her, assured me that he wasn't a new waiter.
Honestly it ain't hard to identify who is a waiter and who is not when you go to a restaurant. Finding the waiter can be a little tricky for sure but you would never approach or call over a chap just because they slightly look like a waiter now would you? Or maybe you would. I chuckled out loud, Manuel doesn't LOL he is too old for LOL'ing, when I read this story from Hoboken New Jersey. I knew a hobo called Ken, lovely fella, used to shout at the birds. Actually he used to shout at parked cars. Mentalism isn't funny.
Anyhoo here's the story from NJ.COM....
'READY TO PAY?' Slick 20-something thief tricks restaurant patrons Saturday, April 18, 2009 By AMY SARA CLARK JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
HOBOKEN - A man who posed as a waiter made off with $186 in cash from unsuspecting patrons at two restaurants, police said yesterday.
Wearing a button-down dark blue or black shirt, a yellow tie and khaki pants, the spiky-haired 20-something pinched the first check at Hobson's Choice, 77 Hudson St., at about 7:20 p.m. Thursday, police said.
The man approached two women who had recently received their bill and asked if they needed anything else before paying.
The women - a 22-year-old from Secaucus and a 28-year-old from Hoboken - said no and handed him $90 in cash, police said. Waitstaff at Hobson's Choice have no dress code, a Hobson's employee said.
The man next went Margherita's Pizza and Cafe, at 740 Washington St., about 9 p.m. that night, gave his name as "Steve," and asked to be put on the wait-list for a table.
He sat in the waiting area for about 20 minutes and then approached three women and asked them if they were ready to pay, police said.
"He took the money from them and walked straight out of the restaurant," said Anthony Buzzerio, a manager at the restaurant.
The women - a 41-year-old from Manhattan, a 42-year-old from Woodbridge, and a 42-year-old from Scotch Plains - told cops they gave the man $96 for a $66 bill and expected change. The report did not explain why the women paid so much extra, police said.
Margherita's waitstaff wear black polo shirts with the store's logo on the front, Buzzerio said.
"The man was dressed very professionally," Buzzerio said. "Obviously (the customers) were a little confused."
Buzzerio said the restaurant absorbed the cost of the meal. "One we saw that they had put the money on the table - we wouldn't charge the customers twice."
"This is the first time I've come across something like this," Buzzerio added. "Hopefully he gets what's coming to him."
Oh my! What a brazen little scam monkey! Doing it once was bad enough but having the Henry Halls to do it twice? Well that's just too cheeky for words. I assume the tips were in the piles of cash that he squirreled away back to his evil geniuses lair, probably on top of a mountain or something or maybe just a grotty one room self contained studio apartment. You know the sort of place I mean, the sort of dwelling where old pedophiles go to die a lonely death. I hope they get him and get him soon and I hope they rip the spiky hair from his 20 something head.
Or alternatively they could give him the same sort of punishment that Larry David got on Curb when he got done, unfairly at that, for stealing forks from a restaurant. That'll learn him as we say round these parts.
But if you aren't sure if the guy or gal taking your money is a waiter or not just stare deep into their eyes, again much like Larry David does. If they stare back at you with the haunted and dead eyes of a slightly psychotic and unhinged individual who probably spends all day in bed only waking to feast on the remains of cold pizza and flat beer then bingo, you have a genuine waiter. If there is any sign of life, any sparkle at all then you should scream, from the top of your lungs, that he is an impostor.
Remember the scammers just want your money and the waiters....oh wait...