Khemehekis wrote: ↑04 Apr 2021 11:49
Oh, everyone, I need an English equivalent for prepsith
is a Kankonian verb meaning "to eat or drink [something] in the store, without or before paying for it".
Kind of depends on the specific circumstances. Colloquially, in the US, the terms for eating a grape or bit of cauliflower from the grocery store salad bar is "sampling" or "grazing". This is obviously derived from the usual term for the eating patterns of herbivorous animals and the legal terms surrounding their feeding.
Because this is a shop and not a restaurant and the expectations surrounding payment in either place are different, legally it's called shoplifting, which is a form of larceny. Basically, you're stealing someone else's property. Improved packaging, especially for small produce items, and the pandemic have largely put paid to this kind of activity, though I'd imagine it still goes on. Every now and then you come across a seriously undersized pack of green onions and you wonder if someone hasn't been sampling those.
Obviously, eating something in a restaurant befóre paying for it is called "dining", and in real restaurants, this is simply what you do. You order, you wait, you "dine" and then you pay. ;)
If you for some reason forget all about that last step, there are many colloquial terms. Restaurants, from what I've seen, sometimes refer to these as "walkouts" or "dine and dash". There seem to be many colloquial terms for this, ranging from "doing a runner" to "beating the check". Very bad business as that check is generally paid by the server.
Legally this is a much greyer area than shoplifting. Here you're not stealing a good but rather are shirking a contractual debt. It's generally not considered a criminal act in the US, rather it's a civil matter. What it actually is and how it's dealt with varies by state. In the once great state of California, for example, it's a petty theft.
Suffice to say: English has no one word for the Kankonian concept! Not to mention, legally and colloquially these are extremely different concepts in America.
Your country, state, province, parish, country, or riding may vary.