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Well heeled burglars make off with booze, damage historic downtown bar

WCVB reports two well dressed men hid in a men's room until after the Red Hat on Bowdoin Street closed early this morning and then stole several thousand dollars worth of liquor and vandalized the bar.

The Red Hat itself posted video of the two guys figuring out what to take:

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What the (expletive) did they do, hide inside the ceiling tiles? Do these people not have feet that you can see under a stall? Did they stand on the toilets inside locked stalls? Does the Red Hat not have employees who can see over a locked stall?

Sorry, this one's on the bar.

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Does no one read "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" anymore?

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That was my first thought. "Mother always said I came from heaven."

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...on one hand you want people convicted of multiple DUIs to be executed "cheaply and quickly" (your exact words), but on the other hand, this bar should eat this crime because no one did the routine "feet under the stalls" check. Interesting.

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I don't call for execution for this crime.

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they hid inside the toilets.

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Maybe they stood on the bowl so that they wouldn't be seen.

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Unless, of course, it's one of those highfalutin' places with stalls to the ceiling. Without ever having been inside this bar, I doubt that.

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Somebody didn't pay their bill.

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There are only a handful of liquor distributors in the city. They are big, professional organizations. You don't pay your bill, you get shut off. You cannot sell a liquor license unless all your liquor bills are paid. They get their money one way or the other.

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So, per 'CVB, the standard for dressing well is now "your clean half-zip fleece"?

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Is this an admission of the Red Hat that they don't clean their toilets at the end of the night?

Gross.

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They probably have cleaners come in early AM.

Usually bar and wait staff clean their respective areas and cleaners come in after hours for true cleaning.

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Yes, many if not most restaurants have a nighttime company come and deep clean. Just like most offices.

These people work the 1am to 6am shift with no thanks and no public transit. It's a shitty job.

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I see what you did there.

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Ive been in the RH many times. Its not exactly a high end establishment. Probably the most high end drink they have is Kettle One or Grey Goose. WCVB is reporting $5K worth of booze stolen. A case of Kettle is about $330 which they probably had one case on hand. I worked in a bar and the average delivery was 15 cases of booze. About $2K in cost. We are looking at over 30 cases of booze stolen here. So basically we are talking a delivery truck size theft.

The guys in these videos look like they stumbled in off the street after a night dining on Charles Street. A little well dressed for wholesale theft. How many thieves wear sport jackets?

And we are supposed to believe they hid out in the bathroom? Its a Saturday night. I assume a full crew of staff on the busiest night of the week. Door staff, wait staff, bar staff, kitchen staff, ,management. After just about every shift in every bar some of the staff have a drink after work. They usually hit the bathrooms before heading home for the night. Yet nobody saw these guys in not very big bathrooms?

Sorry. Not buying any of it.

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Aren't bars supposed to be checking bathrooms semi-regularly after the uptick of restroom ODs over the past couple of years? Seems in their best interest to do so anyway.

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For not sullying this discussion by casting aspersions and epithets onto the skin color and possible heritage of these two alleged crooks. It's a good start to the new year.

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...the bottles from a box and putting them into another box.

Irish.

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What does that mean?

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Dudes didn't seem to be in any sort of rush.They worked methodically, so it doesn't seem like this was a spur of the moment helter skelter brainstorm, with the exception of not anticipating cameras. If it were a true heist , the culprits would know , and only take , the high value stock. Leave the cheap cordial and pouring well cheapo fire waters. The damage may or may not be a diversion. Very interesting.

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