Has it ever happened to you? You sat down to have a meal, you enjoyed it and then you went for your wallet and had one of the following happen to you? Maybe you didn't have your wallet? Maybe the $20's that you thought you had in your pocket were really singles?

Does a restaurant or food business have legal recourse? Can they make you wash the dishes or clean the floors? Or will you find yourself in jail because you just plain forgot your wallet? 

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Can a restaurant have you arrested for not being able to pay your bill or your check?


As a person who has worked both front and back of the house at restaurants, I have heard of this happening occasionally and have seen the places I worked at do a few different things. First off, no one has ever actually had to go clean dishes or scrub toilets because they couldn't pay. Usually, something like an IOU comes into effect. The person who was not able to pay leaves something valuable with the restaurant and then either comes back the next day or calls over the phone to give credit card info. I have seen a few driver's licenses and cell phones left behind held as collateral. But word to the wise, fake IDs and burner phones are a dime a dozen, so be aware.

Can the restaurant call the cops on you and have you arrested for non-payment?

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Keep in mind the situations that I am talking about here are not considered "dine and dash" but situations where people just didn't have the money to not pay. But yes, the restaurant can call the police and either have you charged for "theft of services" but usually they just log the incident and give the police your information, and when you come back to pay the bill it gets wiped clean.

Have you ever been in the situation where you simply didn't realize until the end of the meal that you just didn't have your money on you?

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