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Leaving restaurants without paying not popular in Latvia

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The practice of leaving restaurants without paying for the service is not popular and common in Latvia, recognize the surveyed representatives of restaurants and pubs by the business portal Nozare.lv.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe restaurant Kaļķu vārti executive director Sandra Sirmace indicates such cases are rare in Latvia. «In any case, this cannot be considered as abuse, young people sometimes tend to do that rather for fun,» explains Sirmace, pointing out this practice could be more common in open-air cafes and gardens, because in restaurants, people have to take off their outdoor clothes and this makes it difficult to run away.

She also confirmed locals engage more in such activities than foreign tourists. «Various incidents occur in restaurants on a daily basis, but it is certainly not a system. Moreover, the sums are not so large to start court proceedings. Of course, it is different in exclusive restaurants in London or Paris, where the cheque sums show thousands,» Sirmace says.

SIA Čilija Pizza marketing director Artūrs Skadmans also acknowledges such practices are not common in Latvia, noting that security cameras at Čili Pica cafes record all visitors and, in case of any problems, it is possible to alert colleagues in other chain cafes and be aware of such persons. The information is also sent to the Association of Latvian Hotels and Restaurants.

«Such cases are very rare in Latvia, while in London the probability is higher,» the cafe Lidojošā varde Board Member Dainis Domiņš (Domins) reveals, pointing out there have been instances when customers do not pay the bill by mistake, which is certainly not a «system».

According to Domins, restaurant visitors in Latvia still calculate what they can afford and will keep doing it for a while. «If before people were willing to pay twice as much and eat healthy, now visitors choose less healthy food, mainly due to the price,» Domins says.

The number of visitors who leave a restaurant without paying for the meal has increased in London, reports the newspaper The Independent. Such a tradition of free dining out came in the spotlight last November when the Latvian director Janis Nords was detained for the attempt to escape from a luxurious restaurant in London without paying.


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  1. I.K says:

    Of course, because judging from info in media Latvians prefer doing it in other states :D

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