While we’re generally opposed to businesses calling out patrons for bad behavior or otherwise setting the social media hounds on those accused of exhibiting less than sterling consumer manners, one Reno eatery’s Facebook admonition has the diner in question owning up to his “mistake” and promising to settle a $100 tab he reportedly left unpaid.
In a Facebook post by the brew pub, the restaurant posted a photo of the alleged bad consumer and accused him of pulling similar tricks at other local establishments:
ATTN RENO: If you know, or see, this dude, please call RENO POLICE DEPT at [redacted] immediately, and then remind him that his tab at [the restaurant] is still waiting to be paid…. and his tab at [redacted business #1]…. and his tab at [redacted business #2]…. and his tab at [redacted business #3]… 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.
Once the post had spread, the Reno Gazette-Journal got in touch with the patron in question who offered the “I’m still totally going to pay” defense. He says he just forgot a method of payment, and even accepted the situation as a “useful disaster.”
“They’re acting like I ran out of there; I was going to be back to take care of my tab,” the man. He says he’ll be asking his family to lend him funds so he can pay up at the brew pub.
So why would someone without any way to pay go out to eat? He calls it a “mistake,” saying he’s even left a nice watch behind at another local establishment as collateral when he couldn’t pay.
“I’m not trying to burn bridges around town,” he said. “This is a small little town.”
Small town, yes, but not small Internet.
Unpaid Reno bar tab prompts Facebook warning [Reno Gazette-Journal]