Last week, The Brewer's Cabinet, a restaurant in Reno, Nevada, filed a police report after a patron left without paying his bill. Not satisfied with the police report, the restaurant also posted a picture of the man to the company's Facebook page, hoping to warn other local businesses. The post went viral, gathering hundreds of shares and likes, and at least three other local restaurants confirmed that the same man owed them money.
From the post:
If you know, or see, this dude, please call RENO POLICE DEPT at 334-2121 immediately, and then remind him that his tab at The Brewer's Cabinet is still waiting to be paid.... and his tab at Campo.... and his tab at Imperial.... and his tab at Chapel... and his tab at many other fine establishments. And, while you're at it, you could tell him that visiting restaurants/bars with your friends, running up a huge bill, roughing up servers and then bailing is pretty uncool... pathetic, really. Get a life, man.
The man, eventually identified as Saul Zelaznog, used the same technique each time, according to bartenders at the restaurants. He would order and eat his food, and once the check arrived, he would claim that he didn't have or had forgotten his wallet. The Reno Gazette-Journal interviewed Zelaznog about the accusations.
“They're acting like I ran out of there. I was going go back to take care of my tab,” Zelaznog told the paper. "I'm not trying to burn bridges around town. This is a small town.”
But the bartenders and owners at the restaurants disagree. “People who are trying to stick it to the man or whatever they're trying to do, they're hurting everyone by leaving without paying,” a bartender at one of the restaurants told KRNV.
Luckily for the bartenders and restaurant owners, it doesn't look like Zelaznog will have the chance to dine-and-dash again anytime soon. Not long after the first Facebook post went up, Zelaznog was arrested and jailed for violating his parole. The Brewer's Cabinet commented on the arrest on their Facebook page: "We hope that all of [Zelaznog's] outstanding debts are paid in time, but more importantly, that he makes wiser decisions in the future."
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