Dishonest diners are enjoying their meals then fleeing without paying - forcing some restaurants to take defensive measures such as asking patrons to pay before they eat.

In one Auckland dine-and-dash incident at the weekend, a "waddling couple" were caught but became so incensed that one of the well-dressed women slapped the restaurant owner who was trying to get them to pay.

The restaurant is not on its own. Provisional results from a Restaurant Association survey show many eateries have had customers leave without paying, although the reasons seem to vary - from forgetfulness to outright dishonesty.

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