Video shows dine-and-dash duo running at California restaurant manager

A dramatic video captures the moment a couple of cheeky diners knocked down the manager of a California restaurant when he confronted them about the unpaid $90 bill.

The man and woman walked into the Ragin Cajun Café on the South Pacific Coast Highway in upscale Redondo Beach early Monday afternoon and asked if they could sit at the farthest table on the empty patio , KTLA reported.

They then ordered a wide range of big-ticket menu items, including steak and lobster, restaurant owner Lisa Hodges told the outlet.

After about 40 minutes, the disreputable characters would have asked for the check-and-go boxes for the many leftovers.

“[The manager] came out to clean the table and collect the check, and their checkbook was empty,” Hodges told KTLA. “That’s when he saw them drive off.”

The manager of the Ragin Cajun Café in Redondo Beach, Calif., was hit by a car allegedly driven by two diners who rushed in.
KTLA

The director decided to act.

“We have hay bales for railings, so he jumped over them,” Hodges told Fox News Digital. “He stood in front of their car just to ask them to pay the bill.”

The driver allegedly told him to step on the vehicle so they could pay him.

“But he (the manager) wouldn’t budge, because I guess you instinctively realize they’re probably just going to take off,” the owner said.

Lisa Hodges/Ragin Cajun Cafe
The manager was slightly injured.
KTLA

Surveillance footage shows the car speeding towards the manager, who ends up on the bonnet.

“They spun around so fast that he fell…on the sidewalk,” Hodges told KTLA.

“They could have backtracked. They could have bypassed it. But they chose to just hit the gas and walk through it,” she told Fox News Digital.

The manager suffered minor injuries in the chilling incident but was back at work two days later, according to KTLA.

Lisa Hodges/Ragin Cajun Cafe
Police are still looking for the two suspects.
KTLA
Lisa Hodges/Ragin Cajun Cafe
One of the suspects was described as a white woman in her twenties wearing a T-shirt with orange lettering.
KTLA

“It’s a small family place – that’s not right,” Hodges told Fox News, adding that she and her husband would foot the couple’s bill.

“They’re like family to us,” she said of her employees. “Our staff have worked for us throughout COVID and have always been really reliable.”

The owner described the diner-and-dashers as a black man and a white woman in their 20s who fled in an older-model maroon sedan with a plate starting with 7W2 or 2W7.

She said the man was wearing a Batman shirt and his dinner partner was wearing a T-shirt with orange lettering, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Police said they are trying to identify and locate the two suspects.

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