Valentine's Day dinner reservations are currently the hottest commodity in every city in America (and if you don't have one yet, well, there's always PF Chang's). For those folks who took a bit too long to agree on a spot they both liked and subsequently missed out on their chance to snag a table, there isn't much to do -- except buy a reservation from Alex Tillman. The St. Louis "entrepreneur" made V-Day dinner reservations at 15 spots around the city months in advance, and is now selling them on Craigslist for $29 a pop.
The restaurants -- and booking service OpenTable -- aren't too thrilled about Tillman selling their tables without their permission, and have sent him disparaging emails and spoken scathingly about his business practices in local newspapers. If all 15 reservations were bought, Tillman would stand to collect $435; he's apparently heard from "dozens" of interested parties, but the Craigslist post eventually had to be taken down to avoid controversy.
Regarding his entrepreneurial venture, Tillman has said, "I'm a strong believer in capitalism... I don't feel any guilt or anything." The restaurants (and couples) affected could be one table short this Valentine's Day.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and has already booked his Valentine's Day reservation for next year. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.