Restaurant owner calls out alleged dine-and-dashers, likens self to superhero on Facebook
A restaurant owner who shared a video of diners allegedly dining-and-dashing without paying the bill has seen his post go viral, with the culprit's images shared thousands of times.
Rob Braddick shared the video after the group of six twenty-somethings allegedly ducked out of a side door after running up a bill of 225 pounds, or just under $285, at his Pier House restaurant in Devon, England.
The three men and three women enjoyed food and drinks on Saturday night at the beachfront bistro in the village of Westward Ho! before running off, he said.
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Braddick posted CCTV of the group fleeing down the road on social media, to "remind" them that they had "forgotten" to pay, saying police wanted to speak to them. The posts quickly went viral with over 4,000 shares.
"They had all eaten and drank and obviously had a pretty good night. I asked the manager to send me the CCTV and then put it on social media," Braddick said. "In the post I said they had clearly forgotten to pay their bill — and also left behind their after-dinner mints.
"The post went absolutely nuts and was shared thousands of times."
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Braddick even donned a superhero costume in his crime-fighting Facebook appeal with the caption, "Holy dine and dash [B]atman!"
Before long, tips were coming in, and one person claimed to have seen the group all together at a gas station in nearby Barnstable.
"He took a picture of them and the Pier House manager is certain it is the same people," said Braddick.
"To be honest, it's not about the money. It's about the principle of the matter. As well as upsetting the staff there, people need to realize that they cannot get away with this sort of behavior."
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Devon and Cornwall Police are looking for people to come forward with information.