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Side Dishes: China Express employee seeks help

Published December 2, 2009 at 6:38 a.m.

When Champlain College student and delivery guy Joe Dimeck made a quick trip to Loomis Street to drop off some Chinese takeout, he never imagined a four-minute stop would ring up a hefty price tag. But while he was around back handing off the fare, a daring criminal snagged the weighty, magnetized China Express sign from atop his car. “I looked at my car and said, ‘Something’s not right,’” he recalls.

When he told his boss, Sam Lai, Dimeck was shocked to learn that he would have to repay $100 of the sign’s $150 value. “Sam is a pretty savvy businessman, and he’s successful for a reason,” Dimeck notes. “It’s because he has a very strict managerial presence.” Hoping to encourage the culprit to return the sign, he contacted Seven Days.

“I still think it’s kinda funny, but not $100 funny,” Dimeck says. “It seems like such a stupid thing to steal. Maybe it’s karma from my youth when I used to steal street signs with my friends.”

Since the sign only has value to him — and to Lai — Dimeck hopes he can entice the criminals with a hot meal. “Whoever returns my sign gets a free General Tso’s combination platter,” he offers. “I have no desire to press charges. They can just say they found it on the side of the road.”

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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