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.
Inside the House of Blues restaurant. [HOB/Facebook]
Brian Distefano, marketing manager for the House of Blues Houston clued Eater in on their most commonly stolen items, concert posters. The cooler the poster, the more likelihood of it disappearing.
Our customers typically enjoy live music and ask us about what shows we're booking, so it makes sense that we advertise our upcoming concerts to them while they're in the restaurant, Foundation Room or other parts of the venue. To do this, House of Blues put poster frames throughout the venue, each of which holds an 11"x17" concert poster...and they are stolen constantly! Some are easier marks than others, but in the end, if the poster is cool enough, someone will find a way to get it. The only upside to such shenanigans is witnessing that 'deer in headlights' look and hearing their awesome excuses when you do catch them in the act. "Um, the drummer for The Go-Go's is my cousin and he asked me to get this for him..." He did, did he? Riiiiight.
Always prepared, House of Blues usually prints dozens in anticipation of possible poster theft, especially for the cooler designs and bigger acts.