By Margaret Whitfield
|Tony Peck (Image: News.com.au)|
The stories of people finding more and more artful ways of beating the check in restaurants are legion.
In his 1970 bestseller "Steal This Book," anarchist Abbie Hoffman laid out an ingenious strategy, whereby cohorts — acting like strangers — would sit down in adjacent seats at the counter in a chosen restaurant. One would order a complete meal, the other a cup of coffee. When the checks were presented, the patron who ate well would pick up the other man's check, pay it at the cashier's counter, and leave. The coffee drinker would feign shock that he had been left with the larger check and ultimately pay for this coffee and leave.