An Italian tourist has been thrown in jail for a night after claiming he had forgotten his wallet and couldn’t pay his bill at a swanky Manhattan steakhouse.
Graziano Graziussi asked workers at the acclaimed Smith & Wollensky restaurant at 49th Street and Third Avenue whether he could leave his iPhone as collateral while he returned to his friend’s apartment 30 blocks uptown to grab his wallet, the New York Daily News reported.
But workers turned down that offer and the general manager called the police.
Responding officers were no more accommodating. They reportedly asked whether the 43-year-old lawyer from Naples could arrange for someone to drop off his wallet or to read off his credit-card number so the $208 bill could be charged.