Depending on the state, you will have hit and miss luck with the police.
In NY, there does exist the theft of services law but this type of work is not included in it. It also specifies INTENT. You have to show they intended to take services without paying.
You may get an officer that isn't well versed on the law to help, but it is a civil matter and they are not supposed to intervene.
Like taking a cab and running without paying is theft of services. Taking a cab and when you get to your stop "realizing you forgot money" is not.
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