Our Place is no stranger to social media controversy.
The Mansfield location's owner once posted a letter from an attorney who threatened to sue the restaurant over a bowl of soup on Facebook.
But now Benji Arslanovski is using his restaurant's Facebook page "to get a little bit of justice," he says. He's busting dine-and dashers and having a fair amount of success. His latest targets, two male customers, walked in and walked out without paying on Saturday.
"You guys had two meals and one to go," the latest Facebook post, dated Sunday, reads. "Can you please come back and pay your bill. Thank you."
It's a pretty unconventional use of a restaurant's social media space, but it has driven a conversation around Our Place. The latest post outing the two male customers had gotten 1,069 reactions on Facebook and 3,376 shares as of Wednesday morning.
"I watch the surveillance video pretty closely, so if it looks like a genuine mistake, or if it looks like staff made a mistake, I don't post them," Arslanovski said. "But as soon as they come back and pay, we take the posts down. Other restaurant owners I've talked to appreciate what we're doing because at bigger chains, doing this is against social media policy."
He said he's called people out for non-payment after a meal "eight or nine times." In all but two of those instances, the dine-and-dashers have sheepishly come back and offered payment.
Whatever has happened, though, Arslanovski said he has not pressed charges.
"That's not what it's about," Arslanovski said. "We just want them to pay for what they ate."