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dc.contributor.authorRyan, Ashley 19:49:27 (GMT) 19:49:27 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractNo known research has tested the etiological processes underlying “dining and dashing,” an act that has substantial financial implications for the restaurant industry. Dine and dash is defined as people using a food and/or beverage service that is expected to be paid for and leaving the premises with no intention of returning to pay. Predictors were drawn from social learning, rational choice, and social control theories. Using a survey sample of 358 undergraduate and graduate students from a Canadian university, we found partial support for social learning and rational choice theories. Individuals who knew someone else who had dined and dashed were more likely to dine and dash themselves (social learning theory) (OR=11.58, p<0.001). When an individual thought they would suffer consequences (e.g., paying a fine), they were less likely to dine and dash (rational choice theory) (OR=0.77, p<0.001). Lastly, individuals who committed a dine and dash were more likely to report that target hardening measures (e.g., security cameras) played a role in their decision to commit the act (OR=1.13, p=0.012) which suggests they were more situationally aware. No variables drawn from social control theory were related to dining and dashing.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectSocial Learning Theoryen
dc.subjectSocial Control Theoryen
dc.subjectRational Choice Theoryen
dc.subjectDine and Dashen
dc.subjectPeer Influenceen
dc.titleDine and Dash: A Test of Criminological Theoryen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse and Legal Studiesen of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Artsen
uws.contributor.advisorGallupe, Owen
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen

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