Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oh My God - I've Just Done A Runner!

I'm a thief. Accidentally, of course. Let me set the scene :

My mothers group had its final, official meeting today ( i say official because we can still keep meeting up after today, but it wont be run by our local community health nurses anymore.. ) and, as is tradition with the final meeting, we went out to lunch. It just so happens that one of the other new mums in my group owns a local cafe/resturant and said it would be a problem to have 16 mothers, babys and prams in her establishment - so, naturally, we decided hers would be the best place to go. She had a hug table set up down the back of the resturant so that all us mothers could fit and the wait staff could still serve other customers up front.

Lunch was great - i had a lovely chicken and avocado penne, Flynn was kind enough to stay asleep so i could eat uninterrupted ( good boy! ) and it was nice to have a bit of conversation and general chit chat without being guided to a particular weekly topic. We werent rushed for time so it was a nice, lazy lunch. Eventually it got to a point where some mums started packing there things up and saying their goodbyes and we started leaving in dribs and drabs....

At which point, after having fed my son, i packed up his stuff, put him in his pram.....and promptly walked out the door without paying for my meal. Oh.My.God! I'd done a runner and i didnt even realise until i got home - i called the resturant straight away and apologised and said that i would drop my money in to them tomorrow morning. Its going to be soooo embarrassing going in there - i mean, if it were just some random place and i didnt know the owner i could just take my money in and never, EVER, go back. But seeing as we've decided to make this cafe our regular meeting place i cant exactly take that option.

So i guess i'll just have to live with my shameful moment tomorrow - suck it up, blame the mistake on baby brain, and try to remember to pay my tab before leaving next time....


  1. Embarrassing for you? yes! will the owners think twice about it? I doubt it.

    It can be easy to do, especially if you have been sitting around for a long time after the meal, I've almost done it myself before (and with no baby brain).

    If anything they will be pleasantly surprised at your honesty, it can be a real rarity these days.

  2. Since you know the owner it probably won't be a big deal. Don't sweat it. She'll probably understand. And, you realized your mistake and are going to make it right. It's not like you dined, ditched and are keeping quiet about it. It was an honest mistake.

    There have been plenty of times in my haste to make it out of the store with a crying baby in tow where I forgot to pay for something in my cart and had to run back in to pay for it. Awful.

  3. Hahaha, sorry but it IS funny. :)

  4. 每一粒厄運的種子,卻包孕著未來豐盛的果實........................................

  5. I don't know what the Chinese symbol guy above me said, but I'm sure it's saucy and rude.

    I think it'll be just fine going back in- it happens, especially when you're in that kind of big group.

    I did it once with a newspaper- I was reading a story inside the store, and just kept walking out when my friend was ready to go. Took it into my car and said "OH CRAP I JUST STOLE THIS!"