HOBOKEN, N.J. – Police say a man posing as a waiter collected $186 in cash from diners at two restaurants in New Jersey and walked out with the money in his pocket.
Diners described the bogus waiter as a spikey-haired 20-something wearing a dark blue or black button-down shirt, yellow tie and khaki pants.
Police say he approached two women dining at Hobson's Choice in Hoboken, N.J. around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday. He asked if they needed anything else before paying. They said no and handed him $90 in cash.
About two hours later he approached three women dining at Margherita's Pizza and Cafe. He asked if they were ready to pay, took $96 and never returned with their change.
Was it the economy that did this? Was it the fact that it's simply easy in so many places?
One thing that makes me constantly question things: Those chain restaurants where the overbearing servers have the wad of cash in their pockets and there is no register to deal with. I understand they are responsible and probably risk a job if they lose the legal tender.. but be that as it may, how often does a business lose money? What steps are in place to watch the server handle that cash?
And beyond that, the bogus waiter story makes me think this will happen more often. Go to a chain of your choice, dress like the servers, it's not that hard. Normally black shirt and black pants, that's the trendy thing now, along with square plates. And walk to a table that didn't see you sitting there, pretend you're a waiter, and the rest will be history. Of course when you're caught you'll be arrested and incarcerated for the pitiful amount of change you have remaining from your small-town heist.. But maybe you at least have a story to tell others while you're penned up in prison gear.
One word of caution, of course: If you are a 20-something spikey haired thin kid that does it, those other prisoners will love ya...