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Video: Daring thieves hit Albany restaurant twice in one week

ALBANY (KPIX) — Restaurant owner Michelle Phan’s Vietnamese-meets-Cajun seafood restaurant, 938 Crawfish, has been hit twice in one week by thieves who jumped on their bill. Diners and dashers ate over $200 worth of food each time. The most recent incident happened on Saturday.

Surveillance video shows five women entering, sitting down and having a meal. Some of the women are seen looking around multiple times, before one by one they rush out the door.

Phan said one of the women in the group paid for her drink and left the restaurant before the rest of the group rushed through the main entrance.

“It’s not fair to us, you know all the hard work and although we’re trying our best, it’s hard, it’s really hard to be a small business owner right now,” he said. Phan said. “Even though we’re still trying to feed the homeless every week, that’s what we do every week, it’s really hard when things like that happen because it takes away from what we’re trying to do in the community. .”

Phan said she and her son always try to give back to her local community.

She said after posting the video on social media, she received an outpouring of support last Sunday.

“Something so ugly turned into something so beautiful actually,” Phan added.

Phan said after this latest success, she would start charging customers before they eat.

“It was really frustrating,” she said. “Companies are still trying to recover from COVID. There’s just no respect there.”

Phan said she hasn’t contacted the police department, but plans to do so so this doesn’t happen to other small businesses.


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