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Doing a Runner


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Hi there

"Doing a runner" was the stuff of fantasy for students in curry houses across the UK, but this fellow seems to have made a go of not paying in some high end establishments, have you had any experience of this? (Names can be changed to protect the innocent)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11773764

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Tim Hayward wrote a funny piece on it in word of mouth. Whilst I would hate this to happen at our place ( and every now and again when a whole table goes outside to smoke it has crossed my mind that it could happen) I was a student once, and been dared to do it at a curry house. I very quickly say I NEVER DID IT, I was much too chicken (and slow) at the time, but his piece did bring back some vivid memories.

I see they have arrested one of the pair already, and numerous other establishments have come forward to say they had been played too..

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The finest place I have ever done it was the Wimpey bar in Herne Hill, South London when I was a teenager... In my 20s, I did have to wash the dishes in a place in Camden once though! We didn't have enough cash and they didn't take cards ...

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well I do pay the wages every week, and the memory of students daring each other to do a runner from the local curry house WAS amusing. Its not condoning in any way what they did, its just evoking a memory.

http://www.allium.uk.net

http://alliumfood.wordpress.com/ the alliumfood blog

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming - Whey hey what a ride!!!, "

Sarah Poli, Firenze, Kibworth Beauchamp

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Fair enough Erica. I personally found it hard to stomach the light hearted nature of the piece which portrayed the thieves as likeable rogues when in fact they were merely better dressed, more attractive versions of the pond life who smash your car window and steal your stereo.

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Fair enough Erica. I personally found it hard to stomach the light hearted nature of the piece which portrayed the thieves as likeable rogues when in fact they were merely better dressed, more attractive versions of the pond life who smash your car window and steal your stereo.

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I have to confess to what we thought was very clever scam when I was a student in Glasgow in the early seventies. There was some pretty bad fast but cheap restaurant which had a peculiar billing system. You ate your food then asked for the bill. Then you asked for a coffee. Then they gave you another bill.

All payments were made at a desk at the front door. You just presented the bill for coffee and paid for that.

We called it "Dinner and Dance"

Many years later, I would like to apologise and pay up, but they went out of business. Can't understand why!

...your dancing child with his Chinese suit.

 

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