Tourist Jailed For Forgetting Wallet the Steakhouse still called the cops
This is why ...while it looks silly every time I leave a place (Home, hotel, work) I pat my pockets, left front phone, right front keys, right back wallet.
Also every time I go to high end places (over $100 person) I always pay cash. Stop by the ATM and take it out in advance.
Still the restaurant messed up. There were many ways to resolve this.
I once had a late meal at a diner in NJ, and I had left my wallet in the car. I understood the owner's scepticism as I told him I would be right back with the money. I had very little to offer as collateral, but I was sporting a nicely polished pair of Bass weejuns. He asked me to leave ONE shoe with him. All's well that ends well.
That's what you get for eating at Smith & Wollensky.
Never had a good meal or good service there.
I saw that story on the news. He offered to leave his phone and take a busboy with him. There was no satisfying the restaurant. Seriously bad PR for Smith and Wollensky. Seriously bad judgement. They should consider firing that manager and releasing a statement saying so or if it is their policy to require the police in such matters, change that policy. Lordy gordy.