IHOP Employee Arrested for Giving Out $3,000 Worth of Free Drinks

An IHOP employee in Brooklyn was arrested for consistently not charging customers for drinks
“I take from the rich and give to the poor,” ex-employee William Powell allegedly told his boss. “What’s the big deal?”

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“I take from the rich and give to the poor,” ex-employee William Powell allegedly told his boss. “What’s the big deal?”

He’s the Robin Hood of root beer. An ex-IHOP employee in Brooklyn is facing criminal charges after he was arrested for giving out $3,000-worth of free drinks to customers.

William Powell, 27, has been charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and petit larceny after being caught giving out free soft drinks.

"I am the modern day Robin Hood, I am not stealing, I am serving the ones in need,” Powell said in a statement, according to Gothamist.

Powell was caught after his boss found that his total beverage sales were around six percent, compared with the 17 to 20 percent beverage sales that were present on other employees’ customer receipts. After reviewing security footage and questioning Powell — who never denied his involvement in the crime — it was found that the ex-IHOP server would often bring drinks to a table, but the drinks would never appear on their bills. 

He had been getting away with his “steal from the rich, give soda to the poor” antics from August 2015 until just last month. 

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