Welcome back to Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
Photos courtesy Casa Nonna
Listen up, thieves: Casa Nonna wants its eggs back. And the Dupont Circle restaurant is willing to offer you amnesty and gelato for the return of the wooden eggs that always seem to go missing. General manager Adam Sanders — who says he does a daily egg check — reports:
"I think we probably started with about 75, and we're down to 32. So people are just walking over, picking these eggs up, taking a look at them, thinking they're real eggs first, then realizing they're wood. And then I guess some klepto gene deep in the roots of their bodies decides that, after realizing they're not real eggs and they can be taken, they go in their pocket. I haven't busted anybody yet, but it's going to be a great day when I do."
These eggs are important to Casa Nonna as a representation of their commitment to using free-range eggs. They are so important that the restaurant has a deal for all those egg thieves who freely wander DC's streets: Return the eggs this week and receive a scoop of gelato from the restaurant's new sidewalk gelato cart, open daily from 12 to 6 p.m. Do this and nobody gets hurt.
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