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Diners who ate lobster and steak flee family run pub without paying £270 bill

Claire Reid

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Diners who ate lobster and steak flee family run pub without paying £270 bill

A pub has shared footage of customers who chowed down on lobster and steak, racking up a £270 bill, and then dashing off without paying. You can see the footage here:


Six diners went to The Sutton Arms in Faceby, Stokesley on 28 October where they ate lobster and fillet steaks but when the time came to pay the bill they scarpered.

In a post on Facebook, owner Emma Lee shared a photo of their bill - which amounted to £273.40 - writing: “Please could the table of 6 come back to pay their bill after you left last night without paying!!


“I'm guessing there must of been a bit of confusion when leaving thinking another member of party had already paid the bill! We have tried to message you on social media but had no reply!

“Please could you pay the bill this evening or even post the money through the letter box!

“Otherwise we will have to share the CCTV footage with the police and on social media.

The bill went unpaid. Credit: The Sutton Arms/Facebook
The bill went unpaid. Credit: The Sutton Arms/Facebook

“We are a small family run pub trying out hardest in these tough times for hospitality.

"Mistakes happen so hopefully this can be sorted before we have to take it further!”

In a further update, Emma shared the CCTV footage as people had been accusing someone else with the same name of doing a runner.

Posting the video on Facebook, the pub wrote: “Below is the footage of the party leaving, the rest of the CCTV and stills will be passed onto the police Monday if payment has still not been received!


“As we've said, maybe a genuine mistake, some of the party went to the toilets then one of the party seemed to get a very important phone call she ran outside to take, maybe forgetting to come back and pay!

Credit: The Sutton Arms/Facebook
Credit: The Sutton Arms/Facebook

“Hopefully this matter will be resolved and I'm sorry to other people with the same name who's being accused!

“Thanks everyone for all the message of support and help, very much appreciated!”


Speaking to the Yorkshire Post on Saturday (29 October) Emma said the matter still hadn’t been resolved.

She said: “It's more the principal than the money and also hope they don't do it to other pubs and restaurants!

“I decided to share the CCTV as other people with the same surname were getting accused of it which is very unfair.

"And also so other pubs/restaurants can see who they are so it doesn't happen to them.”

Featured Image Credit: The Sutton Arms

Topics: UK News, Food And Drink, Crime

Claire Reid
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