Ate Chop Suey and Would Not Pay

How can you not read an article with this title?

We came across this one in the August 20th, 1903 Washington Post.

B. F. Chew, who runs a Chinese restaurant on Thirty-second street, near M street northwest, created no little excitement last evening by chasing a man who refused to pay for chop suey. About 11 o’clock Chew rushed out of his shop in hot pursuit of a fleeing customer, and excitedly blowing a police whistle. He chased his man up M street until the latter finally put on a spurt and disappeared in the darkness, leaving Chew to lament his misfortune.

chop suey ... yum
chop suey … yum

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  • Should be “chop suey”, not “chop sue” in headline.

  • Deborah Gibson Kosnett

    On Sunday, we got a flat bike tire fixed near there (and did pay) … no chop suey joints to be seen. 🙂 Lots of cupcakes, though.