Bar staff at The Queen Vic had roughly $250 walk out the door Sunday night courtesy of a group of diners that brazenly exited the neighborhood pub — with their meals and dinnerware in tow.
“It’s really odd. In my 30 years of doing this in the business, I have never seen this,” owner Ryan Gordon, who wound up posting security camera footage of the head-scratching heist on social media, said of the bizarre exodus. “It caught me off guard.”
The crime occurred at 11:05 p.m. on Sunday, he reports; the offenders did the deed while the bartender went into the kitchen to get food for someone else.
Gordon estimates the loss at $100 for food, plus drinks, and $150 for the plates — which “are expensive,” he sighs. He didn’t call the cops, however, because it wasn’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. (And the waiter at the scene claims the perpetrators must be from “out of town,” as he’s never seen them in the neighborhood before.)
“It’s such a minor thing I wanted to do a shame thing vs. anything else,” Gordon said, of posting their mugs on the internet.
While it’s a one-off, he does get a dose of thievery inside his establishment often; in the bathroom, customers try to take tin tackers bolted into the bathroom walls.
“They cut themselves taking them out so I’ve seen blood dripping down. It’s like, hey you learned a lesson I hope.”
Queen Vic, big on the rugby circuit, is popular for its late-night happy hour and pig roasts around town.