I saw what looked like a dine and dash on the local Taipei news (CCTV footage).
Restaurant staff chased after a man who did not pay…and caught him.
In Australia, staff might chase (if they noticed) but it would definitely not be newsworthy (unless it involved injuries/serious violence).
All that would likely happen in Australia is they would make you pay. If you had the money and paid then I’m pretty sure the restaurant would accept that and end of story…if not then I am not sure what would happen.
Just a slow news days in Taipei?..who knows maybe they actually do call the police for this type of thing here or may it really is that uncommon…and thus newsworthy.