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Tourist Jailed for Racking Up Bill he Couldn't Pay

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A tourist nightmare became a reality earlier this week when Italian lawyer Graziano Graziussi was thrown in jail after he dined at Smith & Wollensky without his wallet. He racked up a $208 bill, and then realized that he had left his cash and credit cards at his friend's apartment. After begging the servers at the restaurant to let him go Uptown to grab his wallet leave and leave his iPhone as collateral, the management called the cops.

When the cops came, Graziussi suggested that they drive him to the apartment where he was staying so that he could get his wallet. Instead, they cuffed him and drove him to the 17th Precinct where he was charged with "theft of services." He spent the night in jail, and the judge dropped the case the next day when Graziussi promised to return to the restaurant to pay off the bill. The tourist tells the Daily News: "The people (in custody) I met were actually quite civilized...It was like a movie."
· Italian Tourist Busted at Posh East Side Steakhouse [NYDN]
· All Coverage of Smith & Wollensky [~ENY~]

Smith & Wollensky

797 3rd Ave., New York, NY

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