Cape Town – A 28-year-old man was reportedly arrested after raking up an almost R10 000 bill at the Durban beachfront restaurant.
Reports alleged that the man and his two friends dined at California Dreaming restaurant and dashed without settling their R9 322 bill.
The trio allegedly enjoyed expensive cognac and fine dining before making a run for it, reports said.
The men arrived at the restaurant after midday and ordered a bottle of Hennessey valued at R3 900, portions of lamb chops for nearly R900 and Bisquit cognac for R1 500, among other items, reported TimesLIVE.
“They were here for a good couple of hours and were joined by two women, who drank and left. Two other men joined them as well and left. Three people were left at the table.
“They asked to settle the bill around 22:15,” restaurant manager, Njabulo Mlambo was quoted as saying in the report.
The report said one of them tried to pay with a bank card but it was declined four times.
“He asked if it was possible to make an EFT payment. I called my boss’ brother to ask for permission.
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“The one guy sent me a proof of payment via WhatsApp. It looked legitimate,” the report quoted Mlambo as saying.
However, the payment did not reflect and the men were asked to wait until payment confirmation was received.
Although they agreed to wait, they made a run for it, the report said.
IOL reported that the man asked to go to the toilet and after a while when he failed to return, they became suspicious and alerted security.
The report said they were making a run for it when one of the men was caught and arrested.
He has been charged with fraud and is expected to appear in court, the report said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe