Two thefts of restaurant reservation books by laowai dressed in suits have sparked speculation about motives, and fear of more pilfering.

On October 17th at around 12:05, three guys in suits entered Da Marco Italian Restaurant and stole the reservation book from the reception desk. A couple of days prior, the same thing had happened at another Italian restaurant close by.  The question on a lot of lips is "Why a reservation book?" Forum users have speculated about nefarious contact gathering techniques, which seems like the most obvious motive.

The YouTube video of Da Marco's closed-circuit TV from the incident can be seen here.

If you recognize the thieves, contact Da Marco at 15000408050 or email You'll get a free dinner worth 1000 RMB if they're caught.