Dined and dashed...and came back
So this didn’t happen to me, rather a coworker of mine.
My restaurant had a Father’s Day brunch special, and this happened at the very very end of the brunch. My coworker, J, comes in for his shift and gets a couple who don’t do the Father’s Day brunch but order lunch off the menu. They order drinks and something small for a total under 20$. When J takes their credit card and runs it through it gets declined. So he informs the couple, who say give them just a moment to look for a different card. So J does.
L, the only other server on shift, sees the couple leaving and lets J know. J confronts them nicely, reminding them they haven’t paid yet. The lady starts to say something but the husband interrupts and says “Don’t say anything” as they continue to leave. J is pretty new and doesn’t know what to do, so he lets them leave and informs the manager what happened. L, in the other hand, follows the couple outside and confronts them. Apparently they almost fought but L calmed down and the couple left.
Towards the end of their shift, the man comes back and pays entirely in coin change and immediately leaves. J had to count all the coins, making him late to leave, and it turns out the couple were still 2-3$ short