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Gratuitous Vengeance

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Kansas City Times, June 23, 1918. I'm not saying this sort of thing is ever justified, but anyone who's ever waited table for a living will relate to this particular crime at least a little tiny bit. Give the Dalai Lama a couple of busy lunch shifts and he'd dig it too.

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The term "Mickey Finn" more typically refers not to emetics but knock-out drugs like chloral hydrate, which made it easier for unscrupulous service personnel to rob their clientele. The name commemorates Chicago barkeep Michael Finn, who ran a notorious State Street clip joint called the Lone Star Saloon until the law shut it down in 1903.
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Ptomaine poisoning is bacterial food poisoning, so the wait staff was implicitly framing the kitchen while exacting revenge on the non-tippers. Again, a lot of service workers will probably relate.

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