Is it okay to simply leave cash (and tip, if applicable) on the table and leave the restaurant if you’ve been left waiting an excruciatingly long time for the check? Do you get stuck in this unenviable situation as often as I do (which is quite often, I assure you)? The problem is that this is a debit card world and I rarely go to a restaurant with the intention of paying cash, so I’m stuck waiting for the waiter or waitress anyway. But, if I do have cash, is there anything wrong with just leaving the money on the table and taking off? The main reason I haven’t attempted this before is because I’m scarred from that January 1996 incident (Captain, you know what I’m saying) at the “Cafe,” and I figure that if the server saw me leaving the restaurant, he/she would think I was skipping out on the bill and it would lead to an uncomfortable incident.
I’m thinking of turning over a new leaf in 2007 and trying to be more cash-oriented. This will require me to stick to more of a budget. Best of all, it will give me peace of mind when eating out, knowing that I’ll never again be held prisoner by the waitstaff. Freedom!