The "dine-and-dash" may have an exciting, cool sounding name, but ask anyone who's spent time in the service industry and they'll tell you the truth: Dining and dashing is decidedly un-cool. Throw in a bad attitude and a knife with a foot-long blade, and, well, it gets even less awesome.
But authorities say that's exactly the set of circumstances surrounding a dine-and-dash crime last Friday in Bellingham in which a mystery couple is accused of racking up a $50 tab at a local Mexican restaurant called Jalapenos before taking off without paying their bill.
And when confronted about the situation, the couple allegedly showed their spicy side.
A 46-year-old employee of the restaurant followed them. Less than a block away he caught up to the woman, who was a few feet behind the man, near the intersection of Central and Roeder avenues.
He told her she forgot to pay. She let him know, in no uncertain terms, she wasn't going to pay. Then the other diner turned around and pulled out a knife with a blade about a foot long, [Bellingham Police Spokesman Mark Young] said.
Guess they were serious about not paying.
According to the Herald, the employee wisely backed off and retreated to his car, but continued to follow the couple along Bellingham's Chestnut Street. He soon came across a Bellingham police parking officer and told the cop what had transpired, though the parking officer was unable to track the dining-and-dashing couple down. As of Monday the duo was still at large.