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Pub landlord fumes as yet another ‘dine and dash’ leaves him with unpaid bill

Pub landlord fumes as yet another ‘dine and dash’ leaves him with unpaid bill

Whether it’s the cost of living crisis or just the recent spate of warm weather going to peoples’ heads, there seems to have been sudden epidemic of “dine and dash” incidents plaguing Britain’s pubs and restaurants in recent months,

Most recently, landlord Mark Robbie – who runs the Butchers Arms in Stoke-on-Trent – is counting the cost after three diners “did a runner” without paying for roast dinners that he had cooked “with his own fair hand”.

“They were sitting in the beer garden at the back of the pub,” Mark told Stoke-on-Trent Live. “They’d even asked where to pay. The guy with the German Shepherd left first and then the man and woman with the small dog left two to three minutes later.

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The shameless couple even got their dog in on the act(Image: Butchers Arms/ Stole on trent live)

“It might be £35 but every penny counts in a business like this,” Mark added. “It’s theft at the end of the day. If I drove off a petrol station forecourt without paying I’m sure police would be on my doorstep.

“It is quite rare for such a thing to happen here, but since I put the Facebook post up I’ve had several people in hospitality in the Stoke-on-Trent area contact me to say this has happened to them too.”

The outrageous incident is just the latest in a flurry of people doing a runner.

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  • June 25, 2023