Why are North Texas teens stealing Whataburger plastic table numbers?

Police in North Texas are warning teenagers to stop stealing the little plastic table tents they hand out when you place your order at a Whataburger chain restaurant.
Officers with the Northeast Police Department in Denton County recently recovered a “large number” of the little orange and white order numbers, reports, the Star Telegram. Whataburger requires patrons to order at the counter and to take one of the plastic numbers to their table, where a waiter will deliver their food. Customers are then supposed to return the number to the counter when they leave.

The Northeast Police have apparently become so fed up with what they say has become a “game for area teens” they posted a warning on their local Facebook page on February 25, that said, “Removing these items without consent is a theft, which could result in a citation being issued for Theft of Property under $100.”

***RESTAURANT ITEMS RECOVERED ***Recently the Northeast Police Department has been recovering a large quantity of…

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Apparently, the “game” has become so popular that the police department now has more of the plastic numbers in their possession than Whataburger. Northeast Police Chief James Edland said, “Whataburger is ordering a new bundle [of the numbers] every week because they disappear so fast. It might be a cool thing to do, but it’s still stealing.”

The Facebook post has now been shared more than 3,000 times, and has received almost 4,000 comments, with most people finding the thefts amusing.

Many posted that Whataburger’s wait staff should be the ones required to take the plastic numbers back to the counter once they’ve delivered the food.

Steve Mckinnon proudly admitted that he owned a Whataburger plastic number and noted, “The problem …is they don’t know if they took them or were given to them! If they admit to it, it’s on them! I personally asked the manager if I could have the #70 for my 1970 Chevy pickup.

She said go ahead and have it. I have it on my dashboard so at the car shows people know what year it is AND it’s FREE ADVERTISEMENT!!! Let a police officer accuse me stealing it! I will laugh at him but we are in Texas so most of them we see know what’s up when they see it on the dash.”

Mark Boler took a more humorous approach. He wrote, “OMG off to gitmo with them. Whata-terrorists.”

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