Bartender’s tip leads to arrest in Key West buoy burning

Always bear in mind to tip your server, if you recognize what’s good for you

KEY WEST, Fla. — Always bear in mind to tip your server, if you recognize what’s good for you.

A vacationer made a giant impression in a Key West bar by ordering drinks 3 times on New Year’s Eve without leaving a tip. That enabled the workers to simply monitor him down after police launched webcam video exhibiting vandals setting fireplace to a Christmas tree.

The arson precipitated greater than $5,000 in harm to the town’s landmark buoy marking the southernmost level in the United States, and despatched the island’s “coconut telegraph” gossip chain into excessive alert, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

Like different locals throughout the town, bartender Cameron Briody watched the video, and acknowledged the 21-year-old man who had stiffed him at Irish Kevin’s on Key West’s well-known Duval Street. “I knew instantly that I had served him and that he had used a card, so his identify could be on the slips,” Briody advised the Herald.

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The bar’s common supervisor, Daylin Starks, turned to recordings from the “ton of cameras” that watch over the bar every night time, and matched bank card receipts to time-stamped movies of the person and his 22-year-old good friend.

“We might comply with them the entire time, in and out of the bar,” Starks mentioned. “We might see them getting rejected from all the ladies they have been making an attempt to hit on.”

Armed with their identifications and matching their actions to the vandalism down the road, police swiftly introduced arrest warrants for the vandalism suspects, and metropolis employees shortly restored the 20-ton concrete monument, which proclaims it stands simply 90 miles from Cuba. Key West guests could not wait to pose for extra footage on the spot.

“We’ve all been that age and made dumb errors and we simply study from them.” Starks advised The Associated Press on Tuesday. “So I hope that’s what they do is study from the error.”

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