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Downtown Restaurant Dealing with Dine and Dashers

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Melina Matthes

OMAHA (KPTM)- Dining and dashing might seem like a harmless prank when it happens on a movie or television screen, but in real life it’s a crime. Omaha Police are searching for two people who ate and took off at Hiro 88 downtown.

One woman recently dined in and then left the building without paying her bill. Mangers said she said a few profanities and then sped off in a car.

A few days later there was another dine and dash happened again.  Authorities said a man ate at the restaurant then left in a hurry without paying.

I don't appreciate it, that's for sure," server Chris Staley said.

His time equals money.

”When that happens I don't get tips and on the other side. I have to pay for that bill they actually walk out on so if it's a 40, 50 dollar tab that is going to be half to a third or more of my tips for the night. It’s not a fun thing to know that you're serving somebody, you're giving them great service and they all of a sudden just vanish and you don't know where they're at."

Investigators said it hurts more than just the restaurant.

"It's important for everybody in the community to care about the businesses that are around here, make sure they are thriving and doing well and not only that but anytime somebody commits shoplifting or theft of services it drives those prices up for the rest of us consumers who are going to those same businesses,” Officer James Shade said.

Managers at the restaurant have printed out surveillance pictures of the thieves and posted them in the business.

If you recognize the crooks call Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.  You will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward

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