Welcome to Eater's latest feature, Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
Who steals tablecloths? [EHOU]
A former Montrose resident recounts a tale of embezzlement from a restaurant employee who thought no one was looking as he tossed cleaning supplies, table cloths and kitchen rags over a fence. Shopping for his own restaurant perhaps?
I used to live next door to an Italian restaurant in the Montrose. I could see the back of the restaurant from my second floor front door landing. One night I was outside, hanging out and I noticed something being tossed over the fence in the back of the restaurant and into the parking lot. This was after hours and the restaurant had just closed. Here's what was being tossed. Aerosol cans, most likely it looked like oven cleaner. Then, towels, mostly white kitchen rags, a couple of bundles then the final items tossed over were linens, things like table cloths. This went on for about five minutes. I stood there in disbelief. It appeared that the employee that was stealing the items probably had a family restaurant or a friend with a restaurant, which was why he was taking these items. I mean, no one steals oven cleaner just for fun... or do they?
The only other reason we can think why anyone would steal oven cleaner is for much more nefarious purposes, but that doesn't explain the linens and kitchen rags.