WORKERS at a new seafood restaurant beat up a couple of suspected restaurant thieves who left without paying for their $150 meal.
The management of Oyster Bar Sacramento in California has a message for people who eat and don’t pay.
On August 11, two people walked in and collected a $150 bill before apologizing in the restroom.
When the waitress came back with the bill to pay, the two guests were nowhere to be seen.
The waiter explained: “When I went to print the check and bring it to them, they were already gone … and then I realized that they had just left without paying.”
In a post from the restaurant on its Facebook page, they explained that while other restaurants usually have the waiter foot the bill for any unpaid bills, they don’t follow the “unfair” practice.
Reaching out to the woman directly, they wrote, “We wanted to let you know that you and your friend ate and forgot to pay.”
Oyster Bar Sacramento then told the couple to come back and pay the bill, issuing an ultimatum: “Also, if the issue isn’t resolved, the video of you eating and leaving will be released and shared.”
On Thursday, they made good on their threat and updated the post with a video link.
Surveillance footage shows the couple leaving the table and eventually driving away in their white SUV.
The restaurant says their faces remain blurred and “not yet visible” in hopes it’s still a bug.
Restaurant manager Kevin Subac said the eatery only opened last year and they’re “just trying to stay afloat.”
No police report was filed as the restaurant is just waiting for them to come back and pay their bill.
Subac explained, “We just want them to come forward and pay the bill just to sort it all out. We’re not trying to blow it up in any way or embarrass them or anything.”
He says it comes down to two things: “It’s about your ethics, your morals.”
The whole debacle has gained traction online and made its way onto social media.
a tik tok, a user said she found out about the ordeal through a server’s Facebook group.
She further explained that at her restaurant she is expected to pay the bill, regardless of the price; She even had to face a group of eaters and smugglers earlier in the week.
“I just think it’s crazy that people are still doing this. We’re all fighting for our lives out here trying to pay our bills…please go back and pay your bill.”
With over 19,000 comments now, people have also decided to voice their opinions on the original Facebook post; Many berated the restaurant for “bragging” that it didn’t charge the waiter.
One person wrote: “Even to say ‘usually the servers are responsible but we didn’t’ is actually gross. That’s not normal.”
Someone pointed out that the practice is actually illegal: “Don’t pretend you’re nice people because you won’t load the server. It is illegal to charge employees for absenteeism.”
Another user agreed, posting a photo of the exact law and commenting: “Maybe you don’t talk about it being normal to take wages from servers for work stoppages. That doesn’t look good, even if you have to boast that you don’t.” That.”
Although the restaurant has faced this backlash over its post, many other Facebook users have echoed their sense of justice.
Several commenters responded to the original post with an encouraging “get them.”
Addressing the server controversy, one particularly confused commenter wrote: “WHY are most of you so focused on the restaurant NOT charging the waiter who didn’t pay the bill? The real focus should be on the people who stole, not just food, but the waiter’s time.”