Brazen diners ditch restaurant without paying £215 bill after 'going for cigarette'

Brazen diners ditch restaurant without paying £215 bill after 'going for cigarette'

Father's Day is coming up this weekend and it is often a time for families to get together and go out for a meal to celebrate. But on the big day last year, a group of diners were shamed online after ditching a restaurant without paying their £215 bill.

The group, which consisted of two couples along with a baby and a toddler, visited The Fisherman's Arms in Newlyn, near Penzance in Cornwall, last June.

The adults enjoyed a three-course Sunday roast and some cocktails, while food was also ordered for the youngsters. But when it came time to settle up, the brazen group left without picking up their tab.

The group enjoyed a three-course Sunday roast overlooking the harbour before fleeing the restaurant
The group enjoyed a three-course Sunday roast overlooking the harbour before fleeing the restaurant -Credit:ArmsFisherman/X

They even lied to staff, saying two of the group were in the toilet, when they had already left, and then claiming that they were going out for a quick smoke before they would then pay - but they didn't return.

Manager Lucy spoke to The Mirror about the incident, which she said was deliberate. Speaking about the ruse to avoid paying, she said: "One of them came up to the bar, had a look at the bill and said the women were in the toilet.

"He said they were going out for a cigarette and would come back to settle up, but they left. The women weren't in the toilet, they had already left.

"They are not from round here, you want to trust people, but this wasn't an accidental walk off. You can see one of the men shushing the other as they walk away on the CCTV."

One man (in blue) shushed his friend (with the baby) after they left without paying
One man (in blue) shushed his friend (with the baby) after they left without paying -Credit:ArmsFisherman/X

The restaurant shared the footage from their camera on social media, showing the group enjoying their meal on the terrace overlooking the harbour before leaving without settling up.

The CCTV images provoked outrage online, with people sharing the post in a bid to track down the dine-and-dashers. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they had been made aware of the incident.

The restaurant announced on social media in the days following the incident that one member of the group had returned and paid the outstanding bill, as well as adding a substantial tip by way of compensation.

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