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Pop quiz - Dan the Serene
December 27th, 2011
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Pop quiz
You go to an inexpensive sit down restaurant for lunch (say maybe, a Logan's Road House), order, eat every crumb, then realize you don't have your wallet. No cash, no plastic, not even change.

What do you do?
Poll #1806432 Restaurant conundrum

What do you do?

Dine and dash
0(0.0%)
Explain to your server that you have to go get money and leave
3(17.6%)
Offer some form of collateral while you get money
5(29.4%)
Call someone to bring you money
5(29.4%)
Offer to provide credit card information verbally
3(17.6%)
Offer to wash dishes
0(0.0%)
PANIC!
0(0.0%)
Other (explain in comments)
1(5.9%)




I told my server, a white male young enough to be my son, that I'd left my money at home, would go get it, and be back in 40 minutes or so. I went home, went back, and tipped 30% while apologizing for the inconvenience. He shook my hand and I went on my way. There are advantages to being a middle-aged, middle-class, whiteboy.

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From:evilegg
Date:December 28th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
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I'd be way more mortified than the situation warranted.
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 28th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
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I was pretty casual. The server (named Dalton, how cute is that?) was a little taken aback but didn't raise a fuss or anything.
From:hellon2wheels
Date:December 28th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
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First I would panic! If it was possible to have someone bring me money without too much trouble, that would be my next choice. I would be glad to provide credit card info verbally, but would feel apprehensive about offering because I would be afraid of being disbelieved. I would leave collateral if they asked for it but that gets tricky. At that point I'm being asked to trust someone who doesn't trust me.
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From:gekko
Date:December 28th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
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Assuming that calling someone was not an option, I would probably opt for your plan, with the addition of giving them my full name and address.
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From:fragbert
Date:December 28th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
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It happened to me; I left my driver's license and went home to retrieve my wallet. Risky, I know, since I had to drive, but worth the risk.
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 29th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
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I keep a spare copy of my license in the car, so I could have left it or at least let them copy some info.
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From:reikimaster
Date:December 28th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
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another option would be to plant a roach in your food and cause a scene, thereby getting a free meal.
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 29th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
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I remember that ploy from "Go ask Alice", or was it, "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"?
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