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George Webb Dine-and-Ditch Ends in Theft Citations, Warrant Arrest

Three teenage men dining at the restaurant made a run for it without paying, but waitstaff were able to flag down a nearby sheriff's deputy to help.

Though they thought they had a solid getaway plan, three recent George Webb customers were inevitably caught for a classic case of dine-and-ditch.

A 17-year-old Fredonia man, 18-year-old Saukville man and 18-year-old Fond du Lac man were dining at the restaurant early in the morning July 29. When the Fredonia man left the table, the waitress assumed he was going to smoke a cigarette, according to the police report. Instead, once outside, George Webb staff noticed him moving his truck to the gas station parking lot across the street.

The other two men got up shortly after, telling the waitress money was left on the table, and running out the door, according to the report. The waitress said she "immediately became suspicious" of their activity, and headed for their table, where she found only $1.

She chased after the group out the door, and noticed an squad car, which she flagged down at 3:56 a.m. and explained the situation. 

At this point, the group was driving down South Spring Street, later admitting they hit speeds near 60 mph (the speed limit is 35 mph). The deputy pulled the vehicle over and identified all three men as the ones involved in the dine-and-ditch. 

The Fond du Lac man "very quickly admitted" that they had ran out without paying the bill, the police report said. He also said "he was not happy with the service, stating that it was slow, that (the waitress) did not refill their drinks when they asked and that they did not really care for the food."

The police officer explained that not liking the food or service is not a reason to run out without paying, and all three men were issued citations for theft.

The Saukville man also had a warrant out for his arrest through the Saukville Police Department, but he was able to pay for his bond at the Port department.

Dave August 09, 2012 at 11:53 AM
what are the names of these men??
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
These were municipal citations. We only name people in the criminal courts.
jackie August 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Dave, please enlighten us with your reasoning for this possibly unfair justice. Of course, I am being blatantly sarcastic.
Greg August 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
At what age does a boy become a man? Or a kid an adult? Some articles refer to a 24 year old as a kid, rarely do I see a 17 year old called a man. Even more confusing, the Affordable Care Act calls a 26 year old an adult child. It may be best to say 17-year-old Fredonia male, or in this case "punk" may work better for all 3. Gosh I miss Andy Rooney.
Dave August 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
without the names its it really a story?
jackie August 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Lol Greg, I agree
Terry August 10, 2012 at 09:51 PM
That is a curious policy. There is no right to privacy for receiving a citation. The reports, and the tickets, are all articles of public records. There is nothing to forbid the release of the names, you have just chosen not to. Last time there was a web's story in this blog, the name wasn't released because the suspect was a port cop. Were these cops too?

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