Tip jar thief at Le Reve caught on film

Posted on December 27th, 2011 by Editor


http://youtu.be/9E2-WZ01FvU
The tip jar at Le Reve Bakery, which was full of money a barista was counting on for Christmas money, was stolen Friday.
Just before closing time at the Bakery at 1805 Queen Anne Ave. N., a man in a knitted snow hat and dark-blue jacket with a Pabst Blue Ribbon logo on the back, snatched the tip jar. Unbeknownst to the man, the act was caught on video. Le Reve owner Andrea Nakata sent the video to Seattle Police.
Nakata reported that Emerald City Smoothie just up the street also had its tip jar stolen. Anyone with any information on the thefts should contact Ricardo Martinez of the Seattle police department. The non-emergency line is (206) 625-5011.


  • Ann

    A couple of things, why does the video jump when the fellow that took the tip jar is standing there, it doesn’t show exactly him doing anything, obvious he took it. And then the other, food for thought, why did he have the opportunity to stand there long enough to take the jar, b/c it does look like he was standing there long enough that someone should have waited on him. This is the kind of thing I don’t like, lots of help and they all ignore you until they’re ready to reengage with customers. Rather than employees acting like, “It’s not my job to wait on customers”, all employees should be happy and promptly asking customers what they would like.

  • Ann

    A couple of things, why does the video jump when the fellow that took the tip jar is standing there, it doesn’t show exactly him doing anything, obvious he took it. And then the other, food for thought, why did he have the opportunity to stand there long enough to take the jar, b/c it does look like he was standing there long enough that someone should have waited on him. This is the kind of thing I don’t like, lots of help and they all ignore you until they’re ready to reengage with customers. Rather than employees acting like, “It’s not my job to wait on customers”, all employees should be happy and promptly asking customers what they would like.

  • Grassy Knoll

    He didn’t take the tip jar, the video has obviously been edited by a rookie.

  • Grassy Knoll

    He didn’t take the tip jar, the video has obviously been edited by a rookie.

  • John

    He fits the description, especially the hat, of the guy who stole the tip jar from Uptown Espresso, Lower QA, about 10 days ago, in the evening, when Julia was working. I ran around about 20 min. after, when I heard of it, looking for him describing that hat and a couple other things to bartenders etc To no avail. That is a real lowlife crime, stealing from hardworking baristas.

  • John

    He fits the description, especially the hat, of the guy who stole the tip jar from Uptown Espresso, Lower QA, about 10 days ago, in the evening, when Julia was working. I ran around about 20 min. after, when I heard of it, looking for him describing that hat and a couple other things to bartenders etc To no avail. That is a real lowlife crime, stealing from hardworking baristas.

  • Bob

    Sometimes bad customer service costs in other ways. Not to say they deserved it, but it was avoidable with proper customer engagement.

  • Bob

    Sometimes bad customer service costs in other ways. Not to say they deserved it, but it was avoidable with proper customer engagement.

  • Retail worker

    Unbelievable customer service!

  • Retail worker

    Unbelievable customer service!

  • GI Joe

    A guy wanting to steal a tip jar doesn’t get immediate service…

    Hmmm, it’s almost like he waited until everyone was busy before approaching the counter. I wonder why he would do that.

  • GI Joe

    A guy wanting to steal a tip jar doesn’t get immediate service…

    Hmmm, it’s almost like he waited until everyone was busy before approaching the counter. I wonder why he would do that.

  • QA resident

    Anyone blaming or even just criticizing the bakery needs to have their head checked. Newsflash: if a business doesn’t get to a customer instantantly, that doesn’t mean they deserve to get robbed. Hope they catch the guy.

  • QA resident

    Anyone blaming or even just criticizing the bakery needs to have their head checked. Newsflash: if a business doesn’t get to a customer instantantly, that doesn’t mean they deserve to get robbed. Hope they catch the guy.

  • Mike

    @grassyknoll- possibly a 2nd or 3rd jar thief involved? Maybe from a camera angle we don’t have? I smell Soviet involvement.

    And Detective GI Joe- whoa that makes way too much sense, let’s go back to making up crazy, more interesting claims. Maybe the employees, upset by their own customer service stole it themselves, eh? Perhaps this lowlife is actually trying to make a broad statement against our countries low minimum wages, we are the 99%! Best idea yet, maybe this is a British fellow, upset by confusion caused by his heavy accent and the tipping system in America in general, making well planned strikes aimed at crippling our local economies in the hopes other like-minded Brits join his cause, ultimately disrupting the national economy and forcing America to come crawling back to the commonwealth.

    He waited for a good oppurtunity to steal it…. how little you seem to understand the criminal mind GI Joe.

  • Mike

    @grassyknoll- possibly a 2nd or 3rd jar thief involved? Maybe from a camera angle we don’t have? I smell Soviet involvement.

    And Detective GI Joe- whoa that makes way too much sense, let’s go back to making up crazy, more interesting claims. Maybe the employees, upset by their own customer service stole it themselves, eh? Perhaps this lowlife is actually trying to make a broad statement against our countries low minimum wages, we are the 99%! Best idea yet, maybe this is a British fellow, upset by confusion caused by his heavy accent and the tipping system in America in general, making well planned strikes aimed at crippling our local economies in the hopes other like-minded Brits join his cause, ultimately disrupting the national economy and forcing America to come crawling back to the commonwealth.

    He waited for a good oppurtunity to steal it…. how little you seem to understand the criminal mind GI Joe.

  • tico

    “hardworking baristas.”

    Best Oxymoron this blog has seen in 4 months.

  • tico

    “hardworking baristas.”

    Best Oxymoron this blog has seen in 4 months.

  • AM

    Oh Tico, there is a idiom that states “Looking at the world through a glass half-empty” just saying!!

  • AM

    Oh Tico, there is a idiom that states “Looking at the world through a glass half-empty” just saying!!

  • John

    tico has obviously never bothered to notice what is entailed in working a shift as a barista. But she and some other comments in this thread point out what visitors to our neighborhood have been known to observe — there are certainly a lot of smug little jerks in Queen Anne. It has not always been this way, but more and more so in recent years. The thieves probably get a round of laughs and applause when they announce to their buddies that they screwed somebody in Queen Anne.

  • John

    tico has obviously never bothered to notice what is entailed in working a shift as a barista. But she and some other comments in this thread point out what visitors to our neighborhood have been known to observe — there are certainly a lot of smug little jerks in Queen Anne. It has not always been this way, but more and more so in recent years. The thieves probably get a round of laughs and applause when they announce to their buddies that they screwed somebody in Queen Anne.

  • tico

    Seriously John?

    You want hard work? Try working on a rig. Or in a cannery?

    Standing behind a $2000 machine flipping levers for a couple hours is hardly exertion. Now, if you’re talking about the energy required to maintain the sour demeanor and chip on the shoulder attitude that goes along with it, well that would make more sense.

  • tico

    Seriously John?

    You want hard work? Try working on a rig. Or in a cannery?

    Standing behind a $2000 machine flipping levers for a couple hours is hardly exertion. Now, if you’re talking about the energy required to maintain the sour demeanor and chip on the shoulder attitude that goes along with it, well that would make more sense.

  • John

    Tica – I have worked on rigs, and several other physically tough jobs. You can try to spin things to preen your self image, but the only person you fool is yourself. You are the one who consistently displays a lack of respect for others and the community in general. Your remarks bring into question if you actually know what it is to work, you do not sound like it.

  • John

    Tica – I have worked on rigs, and several other physically tough jobs. You can try to spin things to preen your self image, but the only person you fool is yourself. You are the one who consistently displays a lack of respect for others and the community in general. Your remarks bring into question if you actually know what it is to work, you do not sound like it.

  • Tico

    Sure you have John. Sure you have. Because, after all, any reasonable person would believe that working in a coffee shop is more difficult than working on an oil rig in the Gulf.

    Talk about delusional. Thanks for the laugh!

  • Tico

    Sure you have John. Sure you have. Because, after all, any reasonable person would believe that working in a coffee shop is more difficult than working on an oil rig in the Gulf.

    Talk about delusional. Thanks for the laugh!

  • susan

    I’m sorry John, but I must agree with Tico. My late husband worked as an inspector on rigs all over western Australia and not only was the work extremely demanding( 4 days on, 1 day off, excruciating physical hardship, poor food, etc) but it was fraught with peril. He lost many friends in explosions, helicopter crashes and workplace violence. When was the last barista killed in an explosion or a helicopter crash? When did a worker at Starbucks last work four, 20-hour days straight in a row.I also find your comments rude and deameaning. You’ll notice that your’e the only individual resorting to name calling. Myself and others would appreciate it if your kept your remarks to yourself. Thank you,

    Susan

  • susan

    I’m sorry John, but I must agree with Tico. My late husband worked as an inspector on rigs all over western Australia and not only was the work extremely demanding( 4 days on, 1 day off, excruciating physical hardship, poor food, etc) but it was fraught with peril. He lost many friends in explosions, helicopter crashes and workplace violence. When was the last barista killed in an explosion or a helicopter crash? When did a worker at Starbucks last work four, 20-hour days straight in a row.I also find your comments rude and deameaning. You’ll notice that your’e the only individual resorting to name calling. Myself and others would appreciate it if your kept your remarks to yourself. Thank you,

    Susan