The bartenders at one of my semi-regular haunts have a customer with the following modus operandi:
She orders a drink. When the drink is delivered, she puts the glass to her lips. Then she says she doesn't have any money.
The bartenders get stuck with her tabs.
Stiffing a server on a tip is one thing; not paying for what you consume is theft.
Dining and dashing surfaced in a "Blondie" comic strip. (That Dagwood -- whatta proto-foodie!) The Bumsteads left a restaurant without paying. The punchline: When the waiter chased after them, Dagwood mocked the waiter for finally paying attention to them.
The Fifth Amendment and statutes of limitations aside, does anyone want to 'fess up to dining and dashing? Why'd you do it? Did you know you were stealing?
Restaurant and bar folk: Ever been ripped off? What did you do?