Call it a sign of these economic times.
Columbus police took pity Sunday on a Waffle House customer facing a theft of services charge when her account lacked sufficient funds to cover her $23.41 meal.
A worker called police to the 1328 Veterans Parkway eatery at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, reporting that a 28-year-old woman who lives in an apartment at Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street could not pay for her food because her bank card was declined.
Police were not alarmed. The customer “was not trying to avoid payment,” an officer reported. “She said her Social Security will be in the bank Oct. 1, 2012. She will be able to pay her bill.”
Police issued her a “principal summons” to face her theft of services charge in Columbus Recorder’s Court on Oct. 10.
It was at least the second theft reported at the Waffle House this weekend. On Friday police were called there to investigate the case of a man snatching a $100 bill from the counter near the cash register.