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MP lashes police over dine-and-dash trio

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/08/2016

A police decision not to investigate a dine-and-dash incident in Auckland shows "unacceptable indifference", a Labour MP says.

The three scammers fled from swanky Thai restaurant Grasshopper at Stamford Plaza hotel without paying their nearly $300 bill for meals and expensive drinks, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Owner Bow Manoonpong reported the incident and handed over CCTV footage, but a police spokeswoman told the Herald there wouldn't be an investigation.

"In this case it is considered to be a civil matter," the spokeswoman said.

Stuart Nash, Labour's police spokesman, says that's appalling.

"The restaurant provided video footage of the three men who effectively stole the money and yet the police expect the owners to chase this themselves," he said on Friday.

"How can this be right? And what do the police expect the owners to do once they find these thieves?"

Mr Nash says it sends a terrible message to restaurant owners: "Don't bother calling if you get taken to the cleaners."

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