I admit freely that I’m wrong: in my The Week That Was post from yesterday, I said that, since Melanie asked such simple questions last week, we’d probably really get hit with some toughies today. Today, however, the questions are simple…
Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e. eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)? No, though I was tempted once, in London. Mary and I had just taken the train down from Edinburgh (it was our belated honeymoon) and stopped for breakfast. The waitperson was one of the most inattentive people I’ve ever dealt with: We were there almost 15 minutes before he came to take our order, we had to wait almost half an hour for our food (eggs, toast and coffee, as I recall), then he completely disappeared for another half hour. And no, it wasn’t busy, he was just sitting across the room from us. Finally, I said, “Let’s go,” figuring we’d tell the cashier what we had and let her figure out what we owed. As we’re putting on our coats to leave, the waiter came up and handed me the check, pointing out the words “SERVICE NOT INCLUDED.” “That’s obvious,” I said, and we left, and no, he didn’t get a tip.
Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)? No.
Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers? Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in? I’ve never found a wallet with money in it, so the question is moot.
What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted? If you never ever considered doing that, tell us your secret! I’m too afraid of getting caught. Borrowed and forgotten to return, maybe, but never stolen.
See you in the funny papers!