I cannot believe that this: 5) Any restaurant that puts the burden of a walked-out check on the waitstaff should be shut down and the owners should be whipped.
is legal. How can that possibly be legal?? If someone comes into your clothing store and steals a sweater, you don't make the clerk pay for it. It's the same thing.
I think the reason behind it is that the server should always be there and know what is going on at the table. If the server takes to long to bring the check and the people leave then supposedly the server is at fault. According to my boss (not that I am defending) the server should always be close enough to see when a table leaves and should notice if they are leaving without paying the bill and be able to stop them at the door.
I dont agree either, but this is supposedly the reasoning.