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Salahis stiffed Hay-Adams bartender after leaving state dinner


The Hay-Adams Hotel, across Lafayette Park from the White House. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post, file)

So, you just left a state dinner! What are you going to do next? For Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the answer was drinks at the Hay-Adams Hotel -- where they walked out on the bill, according to sources close to the matter.

After the couple departed the White House a little before 9 the night of Nov. 24, they apparently walked across Lafayette Square to the historic hotel at 16th and H streets and down to the Off the Record bar tucked in the lower level.

Unclear what they ordered or how long they stayed, but they were still dressed in their now-instantly recognizable red Indian gown and tux. At some point, Tareq slapped down $20 -- "for the tip," he announced -- but said he had left his credit cards in the car. They never returned to pay the drink tab, the sources say.

A rep for the famously discreet hotel told us: "We never discuss our guests." A rep for the Salahis had no comment.

In other Salahi news: The House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to subpoena the couple to appear on Jan. 20. Won't be much more than a photo op; their lawyer has already announced they plan to take the Fifth.

And Tareq resigned from the Virginia Tourism Authority board. "Due to the extraordinary misinformation resulting in the unfortunate negative and tabloid type media surrounding our attendance at the White House," he wrote in an e-mail to Gov. Tim Kaine Monday, he believes his role on the board "could possibly be a distraction."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 9, 2009; 7:05 PM ET
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Well, obviously, "the famously discreet hotel" had an employee who spilled the beans. Are they to lose their reputation for "discretion" or does "discretion" only apply to the obviously well-connected?
Equally scandalous perhaps, but as the well-connected are probably repeat customers, there might be something of a double-standard. Just wondering about one more ridiculous aspect of an already too ridiculous situation.

Posted by: cms1 | December 9, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, some might jump to the unfortunate conclusion and, without justification, say or intimate that the Salahis are scofflaws, con artists or grifters for allegedly walking out on a bar tab.

Please, there are any number of reasonable explanations.

It could have been just an unfortunate oversight on the part of their hired chauffeur [Oh, wait, didn't I read somewhere there chauffeur had not been paid?]

Okay, maybe time just got away from Mr. Salahi [Not surprising, I suppose, since his 5 or 6 figure watch strapped on his wrist apparently didn't work].

Or, maybe he did really "leave his credit card in the car". [Didn't I also read somewhere that his vehicles had been repossessed by creditors? Well, that would certainly explain it all.]

Of course, if a credit card had been produced, what is the likelihood it would have been rejected for the charges? God forbid, that would have been an unnecessary and unwarranted embarressment for this fine and unpstanding socialite couple. That is why the Hays-Adams Hotel is so "discreet".

It appears that "discretion" may have cost that establishment this time.

Oh well.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | December 9, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

ENOUGH ABOUT THESE MISERABLE LOSERS

Posted by: mjwies11 | December 9, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The only news that I want to hear about this couple is that they have been sentenced to some jail time without TV coverage or TV privileges.

Also, the network that was involved with their "gate-crashing" should be given a substantial fine.

Enough is enough!

BOYCOTT REALITY TV PROGRAMMING!

Read a newspaper, magazine, or book instead.

Posted by: abbydelabbey | December 9, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Lawpool, you are hilarious! LOL
But I take issue with this.....
>>>Okay, maybe time just got away from Mr. Salahi [Not surprising, I suppose, since his 5 or 6 figure watch strapped on his wrist apparently didn't work].

Salahi was forced to give up his zillion dollar watch in court last week to pay outstanding bills for lawn maintenence services, which were much lower than the value of the watch.

These people are unbelievable!! How can they stay in the "in crowd" in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception?

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Lawpool, you are hilarious! LOL
But I take issue with this.....
>>>Okay, maybe time just got away from Mr. Salahi [Not surprising, I suppose, since his 5 or 6 figure watch strapped on his wrist apparently didn't work].

Salahi was forced to give up his zillion dollar watch in court last week to pay outstanding bills for lawn maintenence services, which were much lower than the value of the watch.

These people are unbelievable!! How can they stay in the "in crowd" in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception?

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Lawpool, you are hilarious! LOL
But I take issue with this.....
>>>Okay, maybe time just got away from Mr. Salahi [Not surprising, I suppose, since his 5 or 6 figure watch strapped on his wrist apparently didn't work].

Salahi was forced to give up his zillion dollar watch in court last week to pay outstanding bills for lawn maintenance services, which were much LOWER than the value of the watch.

These people are unbelievable!! How can they stay in the "in crowd" in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception?

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Lawpool, you are hilarious! LOL
But I take issue with this.....
>>>Okay, maybe time just got away from Mr. Salahi [Not surprising, I suppose, since his 5 or 6 figure watch strapped on his wrist apparently didn't work].

Salahi was forced to give up his zillion dollar watch in court last week to pay outstanding bills for lawn maintenance services, which were much LOWER than the value of the watch.

These people are unbelievable!! How can they stay in the "in crowd" in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception?

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the multiple posts!
I only posted once - must have been a puter belch.

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the multiple posts!
I only posted once - must have been a puter belch.

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Just stop while you're ahead....

Posted by: lingering_lead | December 9, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

To angie12106:

What? You thought I was not serious in my legitimate excuses for the Salahis?

OK, maybe I wasn't.

With regard to your question about how that now-infamous couple can "stay in the 'in crowd' in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception", I really don't think they have ever been in any "in-crowd" that I am aware of, although they apparently have been very successful in duping a lot of people into thinking that they are somehow "connected".

I think this might be a classic example of the more grandiose the image and scheme, the more likely people are not to question the underlying facts-- much like Bernie Madoff.

Anyone who did any basic modicum of research even a year ago regarding the Salahis' America's Polo Cup and Journey for the Cure Foundation charity would have had to at least seriously question the bona fides of these people and their organizations.

But I'm sure they have very reasonable explanations for everything.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | December 9, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

What's next? A quick grab for the coins in the Salvation Army cup?

Posted by: choppedmeat | December 9, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Why are so many people trying to give them the benefit of any doubt? Whether they walked on their tab intentionally or unintentially, they were were not invited guests and they knew that when they went there. They should be Subpoenaed. It is my opinion that they should be charged with a felony, especially in light of the fact that they knew they weren't invited and lied their way in. Security had better get "on their toes" so to speak. These two could have been there for far worse reasons than suspected. Don't let this one slide.

Posted by: carol_halbert | December 9, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Angie wrote:

These people are unbelievable!! How can they stay in the "in crowd" in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception?

ANGIE-YOU DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT WASHINGTON DC AND THE WAY IT WORKS, NOW DO YOU?

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 9, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed by their ability to stiff bartenders in the finest places.

Posted by: malachhamovess | December 9, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

What particular brand of trash are these people? It's my understanding that this is NOT the first time they have stiffed someone. It actually seems to be a regular practice. They must spend a lot of time looking over their shoulders!!

I am now beginning to feel very superior to these particular creeps. Beautiful clothes and a decent haircut do not qualify one as a decent human being.

Let's see now.........did these people not have some sort of "Reality Show" ambitions? It occurs that the balloon people from Denver blew their chances at a reality show with a stunt that was quite a bit more imaginative than busting a State Dinner. I don't think there is a television contract in the future for these people. Where would the audience be for a couple of tin horn welchers?

Posted by: OregonStorm | December 9, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Big deal. Congress has been stiffing tax payers for years.

Posted by: whm03 | December 9, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

At some point, reporters and editors, especially the latter, need to know when a story has outlived its information value. When your paper starts to report on whether they paid a bar tab, or whether their watches are working, it's time to move on to some real news stories. NEXT!

Posted by: veronica-white23 | December 9, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

These two just keep topping themselves.Their escapades are jaw-dropping!

I saw them holding forth on one of the network morning shows where they expressed (or should I say feigned) their outrage at being called gate-crashers at the White House....they were invited guests! But they subsequently skipped out on an invitation to give Congressional testimony on the matter. Now, they have a mouthpiece announcing they are going to plead 'the fifth' if forced to testify.

I wouldn't be surprised if there is an announcement that a book is in the works (with a forward by Tiger Woods).

Posted by: mosthind | December 9, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Angie wrote:

These people are unbelievable!! How can they stay in the "in crowd" in DC with such blatant disrespect and deception?

ANGIE-YOU DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT WASHINGTON DC AND THE WAY IT WORKS, NOW DO YOU?

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 9, 2009 9:21 PM

====================

I think it's a safe bet to say they are no longer in the "in crowd". Not being able to come up with $2K finished any hope they had of being invited to anything that didn't use a subpoena as the invitation.

No way she is ever going to set foot in a Redskins cheerleader reunion again.

Posted by: James10 | December 9, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

First and foremost, I think Congress should tar-and-feather them and send them packing. I think also that NBC should be severely fined for egging them on, with cameras in tow, to crash the White House party: and, for forcing Matt Lauer to interview them on national TV. What a scram.

Posted by: jiggerallard | December 9, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

cms1, how is it that the stuff you invent in your head is "Equally scandalous" to reported events?

Posted by: frantaylor | December 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Has Michelle fired the incompetent DESIREE ROGERS yet?

Posted by: LadyOrmond | December 9, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey!!! ~ What's that pungent smell??? ~ Is it th' odor of "SMOKE-SCREEN"??? ~ Why do ALL th' "News" outlets latch on to such drivel, when there are actually some REAL news stories out there??? ~ Folks, Ya gotta be watchin' BOTH hands, ALL th' time!!!

Posted by: ArbuckleDoc | December 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The Salahis stiff bartenders and hairdressers et al.

DESIREE ROGERS stiffed the poor kids at Leo High School:

http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS358&q=desiree+rogers+leo+high+school&btnG=Google+Search

From a comment under the Politico article:

==============

Let's be clear - I learned what a self-absorbed dim-witted Diva Desiree Rogers happens to be years ago. When Desiree Rogers was ushered away from her post as Illinois Lotto Ball watcher and seated in position at People Gas that oversaw corporate citizenship by the utility.

Desiree Rogers ended Peoples Energy Corp.'s long standing grant to the black kids at Leo High School.

Leo High School received $ 3,000 to help families in need of financial assistance. Desiree Rogers ended that and told me that she going to do "more systemic good."

That year Peoples Gas funded a Fashion Show that feature Desiree Rogers. The Fash Bash did more "systemic" good for the kids from Englewood, Gresham and Brainerd who wanted an education in a high school where they could avoid getting Lit Up. That is Desiree Rogers, Boys & Girls!

Posted by: LadyOrmond | December 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Ah, my dears, this is such a delicious little scandal, isn't it?

Posted by: johnbarleycorn1 | December 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

They stiff the rich and famous; they stiff the little guy... equal opportunity scum bags!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

wooo, Lady Ormond -- get a grip.

Back to the subject at hand -- There is no way Bravo can drop these two. They're a goldmine!

It's fools gold, but we get what we pay for.

Or didn't pay for as the case may be.

Posted by: dadada | December 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Gee, most bartenders I know, even at better venues, ask for a room number or CC to start a tab, unless it's a single round and done.

Posted by: OttoDog | December 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

OttoDog - Well, most bartenders I know, especially at better venues, do not ask for a room number or CC to start a tab, unless they get a bad vibe from the customer.

Because, you know, most people aren't actually thieves.

Posted by: bobsewell | December 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you're hanging around the rough trade?

Posted by: bobsewell | December 9, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Big deal! This is peanuts in the equation. Making these two the problem is not really the issue; it's the incompetent Secret Service that is. If I attempt to crash an official party, it's not really my problem if I don't get caught. It's the incompetents who allow me entry who are really the problem. There are not doing their job, pure and simple.

In this case, crashers can become killers of Numero Uno. Those responsible for ensuring his safely and preventing mayhem at the Number One House are the only culpable parties in this sorry affair.

Posted by: wp318676 | December 9, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I read that Michaele did not pay the salon that spent 7 or so hours preparing her for the State dinner. I feel she was well within her rights: Look at that hair! Could it look any worse? Would you pay a 7 hour salon bill if you came out looking like that and then had to suffer the humiliation of having a bad hair day plastered all over the world. IMO,Michaele should sue her hairdresser for turner her loose on DC looking like a dishrag. How embarassing! :)

Posted by: 1xxyyzz1 | December 10, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Heres the good news;Bank of America is looking for a new CEO. One of these two Slugs should be offered the job,then they can stiff the taxpayer 24/7.

Posted by: jeromejmarkiewicz | December 10, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

The new Golden Rule is now: "cash-&-carry, everywhere you go". That new rule dovetails nicely with an older one, Ben Franklin's famous: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be".

Words to the wise. Still, some people seem slow to catch onto the new socio-economic reality: with so many people bankrupt in all but name, how many well-dressed visitors to any establishment are conspicuously consuming impecuniously?

The remedy isn't a magic pill, but this simple sentence, "That will be $25, please!" (or whatever the menu price), uttered on arriving at the table, but before placing two drinks on it. It seems to have escaped the memory of certain cocktail waitresses or bartenders involved in the Golden Couple's latest exploit in taking full advantage of social situations, however styled.

Is further remedial instruction necessary?

Posted by: hogsmile | December 10, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

hogsmile - Gosh, what a bleak world you inhabit. Do the waitstaff at restaurants at least let you smell the tantalizing aroma of the food before they make you pay for dinner?

Posted by: bobsewell | December 10, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

"That will be $25, please ....".

Posted by: hogsmile | December 10, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe some of the postings here trying to justify and make excuses for any "mitigating" circumstances that might exist for these two losers and deadbeats to stiff yet another working person or business. While I am no fan of the legal profession I wish EVERY business or entity that has had the misfortunue of dealing with and not being paid by these losers keeps some lawyer busy for however long it takes to get some financial restitution and to drain these so called beautiful people dry.

I also agree enough is enough and we have all seen enough of the oh-so-cute and clever Salahis. Even the pleading the fifth is just another ploy to keep their names in the news. If the media would just refuse to keep playing with these two pieces of trash, maybe they would just pack up their designer toys and go home.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | December 10, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

When Tareq got to his car, he found he had left his credit card at the White House.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | December 10, 2009 4:13 AM | Report abuse

This hearing out to be a riot: crooks interviewing crooks, and them taking the FIFTH! This ought to a be a Reality show episode. Where's Bravo when we need them?

I just can't get enjough of these two. What's their next scam?

Oh, and I hear that his expensive watch was a Timex knock-off. Wait till the lawn mower guy finds out he now has a watch that won't work....

My serious question: when will we cease to read about these 2 grifters and get onto the next bunch of crooks? DC is TEEMING with them. Maybe the DC Council Chairman?....

Posted by: sdansker2002 | December 10, 2009 5:31 AM | Report abuse

The House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to subpoena the couple to appear on Jan. 20. Won't be much more than a photo op; their lawyer has already announced they plan to take the Fifth.


Then why subpeona them? It will only provide more TV coverage of them, what they truly desire and crave...more publicity....Stupid move.

Posted by: swatkins1 | December 10, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Will Bravo have cameras at the hearing?

Posted by: democratus | December 10, 2009 6:44 AM | Report abuse

The best way to stop this couple? Ignore them! Now, if we could only convince the media that this couple is simply NOT newsworthy. I will tell you this? If they do happen to get on any reality show? I won't be watching, however I will write to every sponsor of that program , and will never buy anything they try to push during said program. These two are nothing but grifters, and scam artists who have not one dram of decency. Given time? They will mess up agin, and will not be able to take the fifth, and it will be off to see the Wizard.

Posted by: sheilahowison | December 10, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

You are all enablers.

Posted by: dsfloyd | December 10, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The REAL story is that Tareq mistakenly left his credit card at Mark Sanford's house, and Sanford mistakenly took it with him to Argentina.

I continue to be blown away by how far people can go when their only talent is self-promotion. Wow.

Posted by: ajsmithva | December 10, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

So I guess I can go to the Hay-Adams, drink all night, and then say I left my credit card in the car and not have to worry about paying? Sweet!

How do these people keep getting away with it?

Posted by: surlychick | December 10, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Please, please, please let there be someone who saw them using the infamous "cell phone with the dead battery" while they were there. They totally seem like the kind to call everyone they know just to tell them where they are as a way of impressing their "importance" on others.

Posted by: beach3 | December 10, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Question: what party do they belong to? who did they vote for in the last election? What do they do for a living? Was the tux rented or not? Where do they live? Most of these questions would have been answered by now if I had crashed the party, why are they special?

Posted by: dy19spider57 | December 10, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm really only surprised that this guy isn't a Senator already.

Posted by: pswift00 | December 10, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It is really low class to not pay someone. I would rather this couple face charges for this than for breaking into the party.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | December 10, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

If the media would kindly stop promoting morally bankrupt and self-serving deadbeats, the world would be a better place.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 10, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Low class trash.

Posted by: Lefty_ | December 10, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Appointed by Governor Tim Kaine (D) to the Tourism Board leads to the following conclusion.

It appears that Tareq Salahi is a Democrat. If this is correct then he is following in the footsteps of many other prominent Democrats who feel everything should be free to the common folk.

Posted by: mwhoke | December 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

It just gets better and better. No surprises here:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/salahis-fake-watch-121009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FOX 5’s Claudia Coffey is the first to learn that, according to court documents from the Warren County District Court, a watch handed over by Michaele and Tareq Salahi as payment for a personal debt is a fake.

The watch, which was damaged and inoperable when presented to the court, was appraised and found to be a fake worth only around $100.

Posted by: surlychick | December 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

At least they don't have kids. Or do they?

Posted by: chunche | December 10, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

These people are even more outrageous than you think. Fauquier County has been putting up with their antics for years. Tarek is one of those people who would walk on his mother's grave to get what he wants. Witness the debacle concerning the family winery!

Posted by: Orlean | December 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What no one has commented on is that by the Salahis walking out on their tab the bartender at the Hays Adams probably had to pay out of his own pocket their bill. I hope the $20 he threw down as a tip covers his bill but suspect it does not. I don't know if the Hay Adams is Union but if not that bartender is probably living off the tips he/she makes.

Also some people are taking this as a joke but walking out on a tab is a crime called defrauding an shopkeeper and one in which the police will come and make arrests if possible. It is a serious matter that could land the Salahis in the only reality show they should ever appear in, Lockup!

Posted by: dre7861 | December 10, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

mwhoke, political contributions are public record. Salahi has contributed small amounts to both Republican George "Macaca" Allen and Democrat Jim "hothead" Moran.

Posted by: chunche | December 10, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Only one question. Why did it take both of them to go retrieve the credit card from the car?

The wait staff should have known they were being stiffed when they both left to get the credit card.

What scammers - I hope they rot in jail.

Posted by: AutumnBanter | December 10, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Several people have made reference to Desiree Rogers. Isn't it clear that, mutatis mutandis, she is the same sort of person as the Sahalis: vain, superficial, self-absorbed, purposeless, social-climbing? The White House should be distancing itself from her rather than protecting her.

Posted by: orray | December 10, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Whaaaa? Are you implying that the Salahis are self-absorbed jack-asses? Well they seemed like such nice people when they were just sneaking into White House dinners to get public exposure so they could be on a reality show!

Posted by: joshlct | December 10, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is endowed with remote and picturesque wetlands and mountains; plenty of places to stash two bodies.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | December 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

To "hogsmile":

It wasn't Ben Franklin who said that. It was POLONIUS (in Hamlet).

Posted by: LadyOrmond | December 10, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by mwhoke:
Appointed by Governor Tim Kaine (D) to the Tourism Board leads to the following conclusion. It appears that Tareq Salahi is a Democrat. If this is correct then he is following in the footsteps of many other prominent Democrats who feel everything should be free to the common folk.
==========
A brilliant conclusion! If grass is green and so is money, then grass must be money! You must work in the legal profession!

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | December 10, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The Salahis leave disaster in their wake and care not a bit about whom they hurt. I wish I hadn't been given a Christian upbringing. Then I, too, would feel no guilt as I stepped on hands and heads to get where I'm going.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | December 10, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Congress wants to raise the national debt limit.

It seems that more than just the Salahis want to stiff somebody on the bill.

Posted by: postfan1 | December 10, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

what we need are congressional hearings to determine how you can have a charity event and raise $580K and deliver to said charity $16K. That is the warp in this.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 10, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Q: What do you call a fake-brand watch that doesn't even tell the correct time?

A: A costume-jewelry bracelet.

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 11, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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