• A bill is a document requesting payment for goods previously supplied. This presentation of a bill is common practice on the part of restaurants, credit card companies, utilities, and other service providers. The bill for something is the total price of all services and goods received but not yet paid for, and is presented in the expectation of immediate payment in full. If a bill is not paid, a collections company is usually given the responsibility of collecting the amount due and service is terminated. Under English law, a person who makes off without paying the bill, or who dishonestly secures a remission in the amount payable, commits an offence under the Theft Act 1978. When a company cannot pay its bills, it is said to be insolvent.
  • In most jurisdictions it would be criminal. The amount of the bill would determine the severity. The police would be called. If proper check in procedure was followed, owner will have name, address, and Drivers License or credit card number.
  • Its a criminal charge. (UK perspective) It happened to me a few times when I worked in a hotel- as soon as you realise they have left without paying you should try and contact the person themselves (they may simply have forgotten) by telephone, email or writing. If they have left a credit card number as confirmation you are entitled to charge the amount due to that number, and then write to them enclosing the receipt and explaining the situation). If this is not possible and you are unable to contact them, or they still refuse to pay despite repeated requests, you should pass the matter on to your local police station (phone the station, not 999!) and they will help you to pursue it further. They will not normally help if you haven't already tried to settle the matter yourself by contacting the person at least twice.
  • That is definately a CRIMINAL Charge .... It is called "Defrauding a Livery" and "Theft of Goods and/or Services" .... You can get up to a YEAR in Jail or prison for such a crime ... along with a hefty FINE .... +5
  • The bill will be sent to teh City ledger and the authority/court will deal with that
  • All motels ask for a credit card upon check in or debit card (and they hold a big amount on it). Then they have something to charge. If they are paying cash they have to pay it up front and an extra cash fee in case of long distance charges (here it's about $25.00). In case that those don't take care of the problem it is called theft of services and is a criminal charge.
  • This is a criminal matter. It's theft. It would be pursued the regular way -- arrest, booking, etc.
  • May not be either, it could be a lapse of memory or an urgent call for them to be elsewhere. A refusal to pay would be theft and criminal. That is unless the bill is subject to an unresolved dispute and accompanied by an indication of willingness to pay the undisputed sum immediately, or the finally agreed sum on resolution.
  • That is a crime, a theft crime. You would be found and charged with theft. It is also a breach of contract, so the motel could go to court and get a judgment against you and have your wages and/or bank account garnished to satisfy the debt.

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