Welcome back to Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
In this edition of Shit People Steal, Le Cirque scion Marco Maccioni explains how he caught someone in the act:
Our silver pepper grinder from Tiffany’s was stolen by a customer once. We simply added the cost of it to the bill because we caught them in the act (they had it in their bag). When they asked what the $1,500 surcharge was for, we explained that we understood that they wanted to acquire ''merchandise'. They promptly placed the shaker back and we removed it from the check.And that's how the pros do it.