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.