DINE AND DASH
Auckland Police have chosen not to investigate at least two cases of restaurant dine-and-dash thieves, saying it is a civil matter. In the most recent case, a brazen trio, well-dressed and frivolous, left a Thai restaurant almost $300 out of pocket. Dining at the Grasshopper, a Thai restaurant in Stamford Plaza, the customers went out for a smoke three times between courses. Going out for a fourth, they took off, leaving a $291 bill behind. A police media centre spokesperson confirmed that the owner would not be receiving any assistance in tracking down the diners. ‘‘It was reported to us for insurance purposes only, it’s a civil matter and we won’t be investigating,’’ police say.