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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.

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