Simply slipping out the door before your bill arrives is perhaps the least stylish way to dine-and-dash. Stealing food and service from a local restaurant is a bold move that deserves equally bold execution.
Perhaps that’s why this past week, a party of 120 people abandoned their bill with unprecedented pizzazz, by forming a gigantic conga line and dancing out the back door. After snaking out the exit, the party jumped into their cars and drove off, leaving behind an unpaid tab of over $2,000.
This dine-dance-and-dash occurred at the Spanish restaurant, El Carmon, where the massive party of cheapskates reserved the space to celebrate a baptism. The festivities included tons of appetizers, a meaty main course, and more than 30 bottles of booze. Just as the waitstaff left to grab dessert from the kitchen, the banquet bandits made their escape.
Astonished restaurant owner Antonio Rodriguez explained to Spanish newspaper El Pais, "The entire incident happened in less than a minute. It must have been something they'd planned." Rodriguez firmly believes the group plotted in advance to electric slide out the doors while the waitstaff was distracted.
And Rodriguez might be right. Other restaurant owners in the region believe they may have fallen victim to the same shimmying scammers. Just last month, nearby eatery El Rincón de Pepín claimed that a party of nearly 200 people scarfed down three courses, then "stampeded" out of the restaurant without settling the bill. In their epic “eat it and beat it,” they left behind an outstanding bill of over $10,000.
While we spurn the group’s selfishness, we must also commend their creativity. Numerous times, these hundreds of hungry patrons have boogied their way out of a burglary. Sure, this may make members of the restaurant industry irate. But more importantly, it thrills us artistic schemers.
Like the man who exclusively dines-and-dashes on blind dates, sticking his ladies with the bill — or the fella who frequently faked seizures to get out of paying his tabs — we have to admire their ingenious evil.
Unsurprisingly, the police disagree. The conga con artists will need to keep moving if they hope to avoid Spanish authorities. Using a few photographed license plates of the group’s escape vehicles, detectives may be able track down the dancing scammers. If that’s the case, the jig is up.