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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Italian tourist busted for trying to stiff steakhouse 'simply did not want to pay:' NYPD Commissioner Kelly

A tipsy Italian tourist tried to stiff a tony East Side steakhouse on his tab before his NYPD-assisted arrivederci, police sources said Friday.

Graziano Graziussi, who spend the night in jail after a dispute at Smith & Wollensky, was carrying $118 in his wallet on the night when he challenged the $208 check, said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

The out-of-towner “simply did not want to pay,” Kelly said. “The restaurant wanted to proceed with a complaint, so proper procedure was followed.”

The 43-year-old attorney told the Daily News that he forgot his wallet before arriving for dinner at the Third Ave. restaurant.

“The moral of this story is that if you want a big steak, you better remember your big wallet, or you could end up in the big house,” said Andrew Moesel, spokesman for the New York State Restaurant Authority.

By Larry Mcshane AND Rocco Parascandola / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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