Monday, January 14, 2013
A couple went to a Shem Creek restaurant by boat one afternoon. According to reports, they indulged on food and drink and then walked out on their tab. The bar manager called police, but the couple had already headed out of Shem Creek towards Charleston Harbor. Police had no way of catching up to them that quickly, since their police boat was not at the ready. Interestingly, though the couple struck up a conversation with the couple sitting next to them. The male gave the other male his business card. Dock hands at the restaurant were also able to get hull numbers off of the boat. Police were confident they had a suspect.
The bartender was questioned about what happened. He indicated that he was scheduled to get off of work and told the couple he would be leaving. He offered to total their tab for them, so that he could be tipped for his services. The male told the bartender that he didn't want to pay yet. "I haven't even received my food yet. Why would I want to pay?" the man said.
So the bartender left the check on the table and transferred the tab to the night shift server. The couple then proceeded to eat and drink. They then left their table for another area of the bar and did not pay their tab. At the other side of the bar, they each had three shots of Tequila.
The night shift bartender then tried to get the man to pay for the entire tab and he became enraged with her. He told her he had already paid the tab. He then threw down $20 to cover the shots and left on his boat.
The manager tried to stop him but he would not listen.
Police were able to contact the man. He denied doing anything wrong and said he paid his tab and left a 20 percent tip. He said he also paid for the shots. He was adamant that he did not owe any money. Police planned to follow up by watching the surveillance video to see if he paid.