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Man Sprints From Diner Without Paying. 1 Day Later, Employees Get Note Saying He Was Starving

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Have you ever entered an eating contest?

Lots of restaurants have signature, massive dishes that they present as challenges to thrill-seeking customers. Often, the meal is free if you manage to finish it. If not, pay up.

Olympos Gyros in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, offers up the Mount Olympos Challenge for customers who want to challenge themselves to eating three pounds of gyro meat, one pound of tzatziki sauce, six ounces of French fries, a nine-inch pita, and lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.

If you can’t manage to eat the whole meal in just one hour, you must pay the $40 it cost.

One customer insisted he was up to the challenge and asked for the gyro, only to eat a little more than half. Instead of paying up, the customer sprinted away, evaded capture, and put Olympos Gyro out $40.

Employees were upset about the theft, but everything changed when they got a letter the next day. Inside, they found $20, and a note from the thief.

The note explained that the young man had been starving the day before, and “made a poor choice.” He included half the price of the gyro, hoping to cover as much as he could for the moment.

Even though the thief made a poor decision, employees at Olympos Gyros do not plan on pressing charges. The situation just goes to show that everyone is fighting a battle we do not always understand. I think it was brave of this young man to return with an apology.

Check out the video below to hear from employees at Olympos Gyros, and please SHARE this story on Facebook!

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