Hundreds of dollars in tips were stolen from The Bird Bar and Grill in downtown Mount Pleasant, Monday.
Manager Ben Breidenstein said between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., $300-400 was taken from behind the bar, while a staff member counting the money stepped away for “about a minute.”
“It was pretty disheartening,” Breidenstein said of the theft. “It was St. Paddy’s day, it was busy here and we were working hard for it. That was the main thing for us.”
Breidenstein said the money stolen amounted to half of about $800 in tips collected at the bar during a 5-11:30 p.m shift.
He said the bar was at its 200-person capacity during the entire shift, and it would be difficult to identify the customer responsible.
The police were not called, Breidenstein said, because he doubted the money could’ve been recovered.
“Even if we did have any iota of who did it, it would be a difficult thing to prove,” Breidenstein said. “The way we look at it, that was our personal money we were deprived of. If it was a theft from the bar, we would have definitely involved the police.”