'Dine and dash' scams abound in tough times

For as long as there have been restaurants, customers have been stealing meals. Known commonly as a "dine and dash," guests leave without paying, stiffing operators on the victuals, servers on their tips and leaving both parties asking why.

Those caught in the act often report doing it for the thrill, while others claim they were hungry and had no money. Since the onset of the recession, some have speculated that lightened pocketbooks might motivate more people to get a

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