Three LADs Send Restaurant Money Days After Accidentally Dining And Dashing

If you've ever worked at a restaurant or bar and had a customer do a runner on you, you'll know the pain of having to tell your manager that you've fucked up. Sometimes the bill isn't too much and other times, when you've really fucked up, it's three or four digits.

So you can sympathise with the owner of African and Caribbean restaurant Kilimandjaro, Apollo Apollinaire, who realised three of his customers had dined and dashed. Thankfully, their food didn't cost too much, but he chalked it down as a reminder to him and his staff that some people are jerks.

But imagine coming into work a few days later and seeing a letter from the trio, with cash inside and apology.

Restaurant Letter
Restaurant Letter

Credit: Evening Gazette/NCJ Media

Instead of being dickheads who couldn't be bothered to pay their bill, they were actually caught in a bit of bad luck. When they were told by the restaurant they couldn't pay by card, they set off to find a cash machine. But during that journey, they realised the last train home was in a few minutes and so they legged it to the station.

Hell bent on ensuring they didn't get any bad Christmas karma, they mailed some cash and a note to explain the situation.

It read: "It is with our deepest regret that not being from Middlesborough we are not able to come to Kilimandjaros in person to apologise. Additionally, we will be giving a positive five-star review of your establishment on Tripadvisor."

Apollo was absolutely blown away.

He's told the Gazette Live: "I didn't think people still did that. I thought those kinds of people had disappeared from the planet.

Restaurant Letter
Restaurant Letter

Credit: Evening Gazette/NCJ Media

"We accepted they would never come back and we had lost the money."

"It was just amazing.

"Everyone was shocked and people are finding it really touching."

After posting the images on the restaurant's Facebook page, plenty of people commented to say it had restored their faith in humanity. Jason Matthews wrote: "Fantastic. At least they owned up and paid the bill...still some good people in the world after all."

Dave Charlton added: "Not often that will ever happen in these days. More people like those are what's needed!"

It's one thing to make a mistake of dining and dashing, but it's another to go out of your way to mail the money back to the establishment and apologise.

Sources: Gazette Live

Featured Image Credit: Evening Gazette/NCJ Media‚Äč

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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