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These Two Store Owners Bit Off More Than They Could Chew

Two tales of free food gone wrong.

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  • We used to have an open house in early December. We would put out a couple of trays of crab balls, shrimp and lots of snacks. I told a customer to stop in and have a snack and look around. He brought his entire family in and devoured an entire plate of crab balls and shrimp and then left. I mean … really. Thank God he doesn’t come in anymore. — Tommy Thobe, The Village Gem, Perry Hall, MD
  • A new staff member decided to stand outside handing out pizza, water and snacks to anyone who wanted a treat. Problem was that she gave away the pizza that I bought for my entire staff. — Earl Grenfell, Spellbound Fine Jewelry, Port Washington, NY

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