Imposter Waiter Snags Tabs From Jersey Diners

Bogus waiter tricks customers at NJ restaurants

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 AM EDT
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Imposter Waiter Snags Tabs From Jersey Diners

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Margherita's was the second stop on the restaurant bandit's tour.

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Talk about an expensive tip.

A man posing as a waiter collected $186 in cash from diners at two restaurants and walked out with the money in his pocket, Hoboken police say.
    
Diners described the bogus waiter as a spikey-haired 20-something wearing a dark blue or black button-down shirt, yellow tie and khaki pants.
    
Police say he approached two women in their 20s dining at Hobson's Choice on Hudson Street around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday. He asked if they needed anything else before paying. They said no and handed him $90 in cash.
    
About two hours later he approached three women in their 40s dining at Margherita's Pizza and Cafe on Washington Street. He asked if they were ready to pay, took $96 in cash on a $66 bill and never returned with the change they asked for.

A Margherita's manager, Anthony Buzzerio, said it would've been easy for the customers to get confused because the man dressed professionally, as do like the restaurant's waiters, according to NJ.com.

Buzzerio said the restaurant ate the cost of the meal since the customers had paid.  

"This is the first time I've come across something like this," Buzzerio told NJ.com. "Hopefully he gets what's coming to him."

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