The owner of a seafood restaurant in Ngau Tau Kok has sought police assistance to look for three men who left without paying their bill, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.
They consumed seven dishes and 15 bottles of beer that amounted to HK$1,493 (US$192.6).
The men arrived at the restaurant on Yee On Street at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
When they left at 11 p.m., they acted calmly and waved goodbye to the cashier, who waved back to them, thinking that they had already paid.
However, when the restaurant was about to close at 4 a.m. Wednesday, an employee found the unpaid bill hidden between the menu and the wall.
A review of the in-house CCTV footage showed the bill belonged to the three men, who the restaurant owner said were not regular clients.
The owner promised not to press charges against them as long as they come back and pay the bill.
But barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said the suspects could still face prosecution.
According to the Theft Ordinance, a person who fails to pay for goods or services rendered could face fines and up to three years in prison.
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