Police log: 'Dash and dine' becomes felony charge in Pleasanton

Police report lists host of arrests in past week

A San Francisco man was arrested at about 2:51 a.m. Feb. 9 in Pleasanton on a charge of felony burglary for what's commonly known as a dine and dash.

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Posted by Alamedacountynative
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

Why is that a felony? Dennys isn't that expensive. Not defending what he did, just questioning the article.

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Posted by Diner
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

If I were to "dine & dash" I would pick a better place than Denny's. Seriously!??

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Posted by Whata Outrage
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

Dash and dine is a felony???!!!!!

They can't even get George Soros in jail for billions of dollars of financial fraud and purposely trying to bring down the dollar to materially damage the United States, and dash and dine for a $6-15 dollar meal is a felony?

They let Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi go free for stealing thousands of dollars of clothing twice (caught on video tape) and dash and dine is a felony?

Nany Pelosi is guilty as h*ll of insider stock trading, accepting bribes, and influence peddling running into the hundreds of millions of dollars. She doesn't even get charged, and dash and dine is a felony?

What is the message here. If you a a wealthy left-wing loon you can get away with anything, but some guy doesn't pay for a meal and it is a felony?

What the h*ll is wrong with out justice system?

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Posted by My 2 cents
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

Not that I am condoning what this guy did, but a felony?

Remember that Mary Hayashi stole more than 2K in merchandise and she got away with it! If I were this guy, I would get the press involved. If Hayashi stole and got a slap on the wrist, why can't he do the same? Hayashi set a precedent: steal, lie, invent yourself a brain tumor story and that's it, get away with it!

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

"What the h*ll is wrong with out justice system?"

See, there ARE two Americas...

* If you go into a bank and rob it for $1000, you go to jail for many years and all the stolen money is confiscated and returned.

* Now if you steal people's money through the financial system/Wall St., you might go to jail, but you likely end up getting to keep a good portion of the money (either you've hid it, spent it, and/or the fines rarely amount to 100% of the take).

* And if you're a bank itself doing the theft, it's alllllllll goooooooood.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

According to Google, commercial burglary (not a residence) can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the loot taken and PRIOR CONVICTIONS (emphasis added by mooseturd).

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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Pleasanton has to do stuff like this to protect ourselves from the urban ghettopian influx that's started. While corporate restaurants like Denny's can afford some percentage of "shrinkage" - most restaurants are privately owned small business running on low margin; and they ultimately have to charge higher prices (especially in ghetto neighborhoods) to offset their losses - or close down.

Would-be criminals have nothing to lose - if they look too poor/dingy and get refused service it's a ghetto lottery lawsuit waiting to happen. Rip-off the restaurant and there's virtually no penalty and the business owner loses - barely even worth their own time to through the process of pressing charges.

Make it (or prosecute it) as a felony and everyone but the criminal wins - the business owner and the consumer; and would-be criminals will think twice. And c'mon folks - theft is theft - I know the 99%'ers think of this as askin to ripping off a loaf a bread to feed your family - but it's a crime against property - especially in the TriValley where institutions like Open Heart Kitchen serve meals to the truly needy.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Unequal justice encourages disrespect for the law.
If you want to fight crime, start there.


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Posted by Chaz
a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Pleasanton PD charge every minor offence as a felony...they have to meet their quotas.

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Posted by Whimpy no more
a resident of Willow West
on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I think it should be a felony if they can prove that some of the families that visit Open Heart Kitchen really aren't needy. They pretend to come from the ghetto, but they're likely just (smelly) 99%ers who are looking for a free hand out because they don't want to work.

Open Heart Kitchen should have scales to weigh everyone who comes in. Then do comparisons from one week to another. Anyone who has NOT LOST WEIGHT between visits should be declared ineligible for a hand out. If they get caught twice, they should be staring at a felony convinction. We need equality of justice across the board, and putting away some of the ghetto 99er freeloaders would be a good start to protecting small businesses in the TriValley.

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Mr Glenn author, it's dine and then dash. You can't dash and then dine when you're not there.

The End.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Burglary is entering a structure with the intent to commit theft. If he went in there with the purpose of stealing the meal, that can be burglary. I would suspect there is more to the story.... but that is typical of pleasantonweekly not getting the entire story.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

The real issue here is not that the dude dashed off but that you have a Denny's in Plutonia!!!

about 1/2 million Plutonians whine about TARGET and other such stores and then all the whiners dine at Denny's fine food? duh...

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Posted by Thruth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:16 am are a tool.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Once upon a time long ago I took the red eye home from a business trip. Arrived in Ptown about 3:00 AM. Stopped at Denny's since it had been 16 hours since I had eaten. Sat at the counter. One waiter dropped a plate full of food on the floor right in front of me. Nobody cleaned it up. The entire staff just walked through the slop. I left before my food was presented. Didn't pay. Gottaway lucky.

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