Couple leaves restaurant owing bill

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A man and a woman walked out of a Japanese restaurant on Sunday without paying their $55.36 tab, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

"Ya'll can just call the cops on us, we leaving," the couple reportedly stated as they walked out of Miyako's on the 2800 block of Washington Road around 7:30 p.m.

The complainant, Wei Lin, planned to press charges of theft of services.

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dougk
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dougk 08/15/11 - 09:39 pm
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Thanks, Willow. That pretty
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Thanks, Willow. That pretty well sums it up.

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 10:20 pm
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Doug, why are you assuming

Doug, why are you assuming the food wasn't acceptable? We don't know how much of it they ate?

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/15/11 - 10:20 pm
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There is a right and wrong

There is a right and wrong way to address an issue. If the food is bad, just say so. Complain, but the owners may or may not come to terms with you. If they don't you still have to pay, then you can contest the charge (if on a credit card) or take it to the BBB or whatever, but the patron can't just decide to not pay. You ordered the food, received the food, maybe ate the food, you owe for the food. dougk, I don't understand what you don't understand about my comment. It is illegal to just leave a restaurant without paying.

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 10:21 pm
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I totally agree with Willow.

I totally agree with Willow. We don't know the whole story. But I do side with the people who say that they should have done more than just get up and walk based on the reporting in this story.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/15/11 - 10:26 pm
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By the way, dougk, you said

By the way, dougk, you said if a person receives trash they are under no obligation to pay (along those lines) no way, I have paid many times for various things and received trash. Plants that died within a few days, food that tasted fine at the time but made me sick later, clothes that came apart at the seams first time they were washed, no guarantees on most things and that is just how it is. It does stink though!

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 10:27 pm
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Oh, and DougK, you are

Oh, and DougK, you are getting kind of nasty there. $55 is a magistrate issue. That was for information.

If you have received something that you asked for and it can't be sold to someone else, you need to lodge a proper complaint, not leave the place of business without paying or complaining. Lodge some sort of complaint. If you think this couple did the right thing under the circumstances reported by this paper, Heaven help you.

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 10:31 pm
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Augusta citizen. You lodge a

Augusta citizen. You lodge a complaint. You take the defective items back. Or you don't depending on how you were reared. Never go there again. Whatever.

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 10:38 pm
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Or just be the gentle-person

Or just be the gentle-person you are.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 08/15/11 - 11:09 pm
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Its amazing we have so many
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Its amazing we have so many people who think it is ok to steal. Sickening really. No wonder this country is so screwed up, look at the morals of the general public. Notice the ones who think what this couple did was ok are also some of the same ones who take issue with the "entitlement" usage? lol Truth hurts I guess.

dougk
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dougk 08/15/11 - 11:22 pm
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There is NO law, people, that
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There is NO law, people, that says if you order something and don't get what you ordered or if it is not suitable for some reason that you are obligated to pay for it. That is NOT stealing, and I'm not saying that I never paid for anything with which I was not totally satistifed....including my last two trips to Burger King (yuck). And, we have NO idea what transpired. Ordering food, gobbling it up, and then refusing to pay is another story. Obviously, there has to be much more to this. Again, we don't know....but to invoke an opinion that you MUST pay for whatever you get simply because you sat down and ordered is not supported by any law....

KSL
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KSL 08/16/11 - 12:34 am
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dougk, and who exactly is

dougk, and who exactly is saying (your words) that you MUST pay for whatever you get simply because you sat down and ordered is not supported by any law.... What we are saying is that, according to this newspaper article, we are left to believe they just got up and left. We don't know how much they ate, if any. We don't know why they objected to the meal. And we don't know any actions they took to make the restaurant make it right for them. Without any of that information, without their side of the issue, they are made to look bad. On the other side, we know that the restaurant served them and they didn't pay. Why do you just naturally take the non-payers side in this situation without all of the facts? Have you ever served on a jury?

KSL
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KSL 08/16/11 - 12:50 am
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DougK says: Obviously, there

DougK says: Obviously, there has to be much more to this. Again, we don't know....but to invoke an opinion that you MUST pay for whatever you get simply because you sat down and ordered is not supported by any law....

Think of the consequences of what you are saying, dougk. A person doesn't like the service or food he gets at a restaurant. So he goes on a campaign. Every weekend he goes in and orders something and gets up and walks out, claiming whatever this couple claimed. He gets more people to do that. Pretty soon we have a closed restaurant.

Why do you take the side of the patron, dougk? Why not the side of the business owner. I know the answer to that question. You don't need to bother to answer. I'm just very glad you are not my employee. In this day and time. most business owners are doing all they can to maintain their businesses. And How wrong is it of them to expect their employees to do the same?

If I'm wrong about your employment status, I will stand corrected.

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albertoli 08/16/11 - 01:11 am
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i worked at the Green jacket

i worked at the Green jacket and one night after the couple had steak and lobster the story went, "my wife is in the restroom, can you bring us some cheesecake and coffee"? they were gone. more newsworthy, and better, is some gangbanger killing another one and saving us all some innocent's heartache, and taxpayer money on incarceration. that's always a better story. this will be flagged.

lexcabguy2004
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lexcabguy2004 08/16/11 - 05:45 am
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The pertinence of the story

The pertinence of the story is the moral decay of our society. You look at the news stories on a daily basis, and no matter how illegal or immoral something seems to be, there are people that legitimately defend the perpetrator's actions as okay.

If they truly were unhappy with the meal, which they should have figured out before getting maybe a quarter of the way through it, they should have notified the manager. If they ate the entire meal (or drinks?), which we are led to believe in the story (otherwise it would not be a story), then they should have paid for it. If they thought they deserved a free meal (or felt they were entitled to such) and the restaurant owners have money and can absorb the lack of payment, then obviously they are communists who are merely trying to support an agenda that would someday create restaurant stamps in the form of a credit card to avoid embarassment.

iLove
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iLove 08/16/11 - 08:06 am
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Three sentences and 75+
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Three sentences and 75+ comments. . .this has to be a record.

Uh, Vito. . .did you notice the first line of my comment?

Copperhead, chill man, is this story REALLY that interesting?
Do you know what happened? Were you there? ...or are you gonna trust the AC.

#uncool

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/16/11 - 08:06 am
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I'm telling you, man. The

I'm telling you, man. The Chronicle can never go wrong running stories about food. We're just like Pavlov's dogs on that topic.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/16/11 - 08:14 am
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Staff wrote: The complainant,

Staff wrote:

The complainant, Wei Lin, planned to press charges of theft of services.

Now, if the reporter was writing accurately and completely, we can gain some insight here. Wei Lin is planning to bring charges of theft of services, but not theft of food. That might be the clue that the couple did not actually eat the meal.

I wish staff would read the comments and post here to fill in the blanks.

Of course, if Wei Lin actually follows through and takes this thing to court we might learn some more.

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Riverman1 08/16/11 - 08:20 am
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A few years ago I was at the

A few years ago I was at the courthouse in Appling and there was a guy there who had gotten into an argument at a Hardee's drive-in window over an extra piece of chicken. He was pretty funny the way he described it to the judge.

He had to talk real loud because the old judge was hard of hearing and he shouted he was on the way home from church and stopped there like he had been doing for years. He had always paid extra for an extra piece of chicken in whatever the meal was called. The girl at the window told him no, she couldn't dot that and he went inside and had it out with her, then stormed out.

He said he got home and looked out his window and it looked like the Columbia County Sheriff's Dept. Swat team was there. He said there were police vehicles with lights going and officers surrounding his house. Even the judge laughed....then fined him 400 bucks for disturbing the peace.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/16/11 - 08:29 am
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:-) That's a good one, RM.

:-) That's a good one, RM.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/16/11 - 08:33 am
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Thanks, LL...Absolutely true

Thanks, LL...Absolutely true story. The entire court was laughing. I wish I could remember that old judge's name. I couldn't believe he fined the guy that much after he made such a humorous presentation.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 08/16/11 - 09:15 am
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more theft without
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more theft without paying............................

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/15/possible-flash-mob-hits-maryland-7-...

raul
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raul 08/16/11 - 09:15 am
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After reviewing all of these

After reviewing all of these comments and given the subject matter, I have come to the following conclusion: We have too much time on our hands.

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allhans 08/16/11 - 02:09 pm
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Just today I was told of a

Just today I was told of a man who bought a watermelon, ate it, went back to the store with a receipt, told the store manager it wasn't' very sweet, and was given a replacement. This is not a rarity for this man who owns property and can easily afford what he needs...he is a scammer and the world has them by the thousands.

If a person eats more than a few bites fo his meal, he should pay the bill. The fact that they didn't wait for the police and lodge a complaint against the restaurant is a dead giveaway. The difference in a thief and an honest person..huge!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/16/11 - 02:39 pm
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We are not supporting the

We are not supporting the right to steal We are supporting the wisdom of finding out at least some of the facts before coming to a conclusion. I've not ever gotten all the truth from one side of anyone's story, and sometimes, not any of it. Must be the basis of why we have a prosecution and defense, huh?

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55 F-100 08/16/11 - 03:35 pm
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Maybe the "customers" were

Maybe the "customers" were relying on Obama slush fund money to cover the bill as an upgrade to their entitlement money.

Sentinel
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Sentinel 08/17/11 - 12:40 am
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@allhans....apparently there

@allhans....apparently there is a rash of that going around. If you go to a local sub shop on Wrightsboro Rd there is a sign that says in order to receive a refund or replacement for unsatisfactory food you must bring the food back to the restaurant. How many times do you suppose they heard the bogus 'food was no good' (but I ate it all) blather before they hung that sign?

A good friend of mine told me that several coworkers order food from local restaurants on a daily basis, EAT the food, then call the establishment to complain and ask for a refund or another meal. It happens so much that several restaurants have asked that they take their 'business' elsewhere.

I'm not sure about the particulars with this couple, but eating with no intention of paying or causing a ruckus to get a refund or future free food DOES happen.

It's theft, pure and simple.

2 B just me1
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2 B just me1 08/18/11 - 01:05 pm
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So days later this chat is

So days later this chat is still going on,,,so what are the updates, did anyone hear details or more on the Wei Lin issues?

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