The three laowai thieves who were caught on closed circuit television stealing Da Marco’s reservation book may have returned the book to the restaurant, but one of them appears to be at it again! This time an Italian restaurant has fallen prey to the kleptomaniac, and they say 4,000 customer contact details have gone just like that. Xu Chi of Shanghai Daily with more:
Karen Ma, owner of the Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen on Jiangyin Road, Huangpu District, complained to Shanghai Daily that its reservation book was stolen “in the blink of an eye” on Monday.
Ma said a surveillance camera showed the book was stolen by a thief, believed by the bar to be one of the trio caught on video stealing a reservations book from the Da Marco Italian restaurant last week.
Ma said: “Our video shows he wore the same suit, the same shoes and even ran away with the book in the same way as the thief who appeared in Da Marco’s video.”
She said the book contained more than 4,000 contacts, about half Chinese and half expats. The bar believes the book was stolen by thieves hired by a consultancy that advertises or sells by cold-calling.
“We are desperate to ensure our customers are not bothered by cold-callers,” said Ma.
One commenter earlier wondered why we were calling for the culprits to be named and shamed since they’ve returned the guest book on their own volition. Well, let’s look at it this way: Would you like your laptop to be stolen and then returned to you a few days later? Theft = Theft = Theft.
Since a leopard cannot change its spots, we repeat our call here. If anyone can furnish us with the names and photos of the culprits along with the name of their employer, we’d love to do the community a favour by publishing them here.