KEY WEST, Fla. ( Associated Press) — If you know what’s good for you, don’t forget to always tip your server.
A tourist made a big impression at a Key West bar on New Year’s Eve by ordering a drink three times without leaving a tip. Staff were able to track him down easily after police released a webcam video that showed a Christmas tree being vandalized.
The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that arson damaged the city’s historic buoy, which marks the southernmost point in the United States, and sent the island’s “Coconut Telegraph” gossip chain to high alert.
Like other locals across town, bartender Cameron Briody saw the video, and recognized the 21-year-old who had hardened him off at Irish Kevin on Key West’s famed Duval Street. “I knew immediately that I served him and he used a card, so his name would be on the slips,” Briody told the Herald.
The bar’s general manager, Dallin Starks, turns to recordings from a “ton of cameras” that monitor the bar every night, and match credit card receipts to time-stamped videos of the man and his 22-year-old friend. .
“We can follow him in and out of the bar the whole time,” Starks said. “We could see him being rejected by all the girls he was trying to hit.”
Armed with their identity and matching their movements for vandalism down the street, police swiftly announced arrest warrants for the vandalism suspects, and city workers quickly restored the 20-ton concrete monument, Which declares that it is just 90 miles from Cuba. Key West visitors couldn’t wait to pose for more pictures on the spot.
“We’ve all been that age and we’ve made dumb mistakes and we learn from them.” Starks told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “So I hope what they do is they learn from mistake.”