Vice President Joe Biden was short on cash on a Thursday lunch visit to Italian hoagie chain Capriotti’s.
Biden took three White House staffers on the trip to the Delaware-based restaurant. He nailed the order for everybody but needed to be bailed out when it came to paying for the food, according to the vice president’s pool report.
Biden’s order: Two medium Italians, one with hot peppers, the other with hot peppers on the side, and neither with onions. He also ordered another large Italian and a large Bobbie with hot peppers on the side. Biden emphasized the importance of peppers.
“The only way to eat these things is with hot peppers, but not everybody understands that. You know what I mean?” he said.
The total was $56.25. Biden pulled out a wad of cash and realized he was short. “Alright man,” he said, and then turned around and called out to Fran Person, his personal aide, “Fran, you got ten bucks?”
Biden was offered the sandwich for free, but bragged to the crowd that he has paid every time he has been to Capriotti’s in the past and is not going to stop now.
“I’m not taking it. You know what, I’ve been going to Capriotti’s on Union Street for the last 40 years. I have paid every time I’ve gone … In Delaware, you pay. It’s simple.”