You’re dining with a date on a Tuesday evening. Your Penne could be a bit hotter, her Tuscan salad looks delicious. She seems to be enjoying it. The bottle of wine is helping the conversation along and the night certainly seems to be headed in the right direction.
The lights are two degrees brighter than usual and the atmosphere isn’t as romantic as it had been in the past, yet, her eyes are glowing, reflecting the track light directly above your table. A tremendous aqua colored blue, they suddenly open wide as she sees the two hooded gunmen enter the front door in one fluid, rapid motion. She realizes they didn’t make a reservation.
A movie? No, just another evening out at an
We have all hosted, or at least have been asked to, sponsor those murder mystery dinners. Now, the restaurant owners in
Some criminals just don’t’ do their homework. And, some restaurant owners don’t think outside the box either.
The robberies have not occurred late at night, after the places were closed. The thugs showed up in the middle of dinner hour, stole the cash, took some jewelry and suddenly disappeared.
The first thought is to call Batman. However, it is questionable if even Batman would stray into
Amazingly, every morning the news highlights the restaurant that was rob the previous night. More amazingly, these spots are still busy. In
It seriously is a shame that struggling restaurateurs, for the most part families working together to make a living, are being subjected to this gun slinging violence and violation. The police department has seemed to lose touch. Mayor Dellum has called in The Guardian Angels in an attempt to show a band of force. However, as was proven last night, t will take more than the Guardian Angels.
The first eight robberies were in the heart of
Whereas the past robberies were in primarily ethnic restaurants, last nights the hooded twosome hit a Pasta Pomodoro – a well lighted regional pasta chain that boasts a contemporary crowd of sauce slurping diners.
The tide will now change for the criminals. They made a hug mistake on venturing into the land of affluence. If they would have stayed in the run down section of
And that brings us to a possible deterrent to the problem. Credit Cards Only.
Let’s put the signs in the window. Broadcast it across the networks. From now on if you go to
I know this would be a tough blow for some restaurants, but nothing compared to a trigger happy gang member playing cops and robbers.
One thing is apparent they have not been robbing any doughnut places. Wouldn’t a doughnut shop have more cash than a credit card dependent eatery? Of course they would. But, that’s also were law enforcement hang out.
Possibly, the restaurant owners should invite the police in to enjoy a meal. A few undercover cops dining during “sinner hour” would be another way to capture the criminals.
What ever tactic is used, something needs to be done. I suggest go to a credit card only system, invite the police for dinner, and call out the security guards.
Nothing ensures the confidence of a customer more than having a security guard take you to your table.