How Did Stealing Items from Your Favorite Restaurant Become a 'Badge of Honor' Instead of Theft?
Actually, I’m not sure it has.
Weird how if you walk into Zara and steal a pair of jeans you’ll likely end up in jail, but steal a restaurant’s menus, copper mule cups, vintage swords the mixologists use for skewering olives, the wickedly hip post-dinner limoncello shot glasses, the expensive chopsticks, vintage salt-shakers, expensive restaurant linen napkins, steak knives, cute espresso spoons, or quirky check presenters and you’re a prince – a real, modern-day cultural hero.
Sure, it would be easy to chalk up these thefts up to the effect of alcohol, but it goes further than this. Perhaps guests just want a take-home souvenir, right? But damn, this doesn’t make sense either – I mean the guests just photographed every single dish and cocktail that came to their table.