PSNI investigating after Dundonald restaurant says customers failed to pay £216 table bill

A restaurant in Belfast has been flooded with support from the public after it was revealed a group of customers left the restaurant without paying their £216.20 bill.

Arlito’s in Dundonald said the incident happened on Saturday involving a group of three adults and two children, with the party raising the huge bill of cocktails, drinks and food.

The American-Italian restaurant wrote on social media: “They told the waitress that they will go and get the wallet from the car, but they drove off without paying their bill. The driver was also driving after drinking a number of drinks.

“When the waitress brought the bill, the customer left his driver’s license without paying. The police contacted them but we still haven’t received the money for the bill.

“We want to offer you one last chance to pay your bill to avoid embarrassment and court fines etc for all 3 adults in the party.

“Please call Carlito’s to arrange payment by 8pm today. We have all CCTV images and footage of the entire incident.”

In a later post replying to a user on social media, the restaurant confirmed customers have not yet come forward and said the matter is “now with the police”.

Online users quickly sided with the restaurant on the issue.

One wrote: “Absolutely awful considering what companies have been through. It’s unbelievable how low some people let themselves sink and what a sign they give to the children.”

Another said: “Disgusting behaviour, especially given the current struggles facing businesses. You are very generous in giving them an opportunity to pay before they do anything.”

In a statement, a PSNI spokesman said: “Police are investigating a report of theft/evictions from a business premises in the Dundonald area, reported on July 30th. Inquiries continue.” PSNI investigating after Dundonald restaurant says customers failed to pay £216 table bill

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