Evolution might have backslid this week. Dispatches from the restaurant industry show some customers and employees lapsing into cruder life forms—the sort of louts whose knuckles might scrape the floor as they cross the transom.
Here’s what we mean.
Worst restaurant theft?
Locals say the Tributary at 244 in Idaho Springs, Colo., is known for three things: its green chili, a proximity to the Rockies’ towering peaks, and the restaurant’s four-legged greeter, a dog named Rue. The 5-year-old Catahoula leopard dog would often hobnob with guests in the Tributary’s outdoor seating area, hoping one might throw something for him to fetch.
Then, earlier this week, he vanished.
The restaurant was closed the last time Rue was seen. The disappearance came after a man had strolled into the kitchen of the locked-up restaurant, explaining to someone there that he needed directions. He left as quickly as he’d arrived.
Alarmed, proprietor Matt Vogler did a quick check of the premises to ensure nothing was amiss, and realized the dog was gone. He told the local NBC affiliate that Rue had never wandered in all the time Vogler had him, and that he suspected the stranger had walked off with the pooch.
Vogler is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of Rue.
Most incompetent robber?
A nightmare turned into a victory for the good guys when the proprietor of a takeout shop in New Zealand insisted that an armed robber wait his turn like everyone else.
Said Ahmed refused to stop waiting on a prior customer just because someone in a mask had entered the shop and brandished a gun. He continued to prepare the other patron’s chicken souvlaki sandwich. “I passed the customer his food because I wanted him to leave the shop and not be in any danger,” he told the TheGuardian.com.
Flummoxed, the robber apparently figured he should come back when the shop wasn’t as busy, and fled.
Dumb and dumber?
A meat-loving chef who was tossed this week from his kitchen in the United Kingdom is hoping the world believes he’s merely a liar. Otherwise, he’d just be an intolerant twit who doesn’t know when to stop boasting.
Alex Lambert apparently didn’t like the vegans who frequented the dining room of the Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby, where he served as executive chef. One of the job’s delights, the 30-year-old revealed, was hiding “animal products” in their meals.
Lambert might have gotten away with the deception if he hadn’t crowed about his exploits on Instagram.
Vegans might have missed what Lambert had put in their meals, but they noticed his confession, plunging the hotel into a customer nightmare.
The property fired Lambert, who countered that he’d only been lying as a goof.
He apparently remains unemployed.
Worst dining Dad?
A Buffalo, N.Y., man wanted to take his 13-year-old son to a Burger King for dinner, but realized he was too drunk by then to handle the drive.
Being safety-minded, he seized on the only solution: Have the boy handle the driving.
The 40-year-old father, Kevin McCaffrey, asked the boy to stop along the way so Dad could buy some cigarettes. The duo then proceeded to the restaurant, where the elder McCaffrey’s belligerent behavior prompted a call to the police.