Tuesday February 5, 2013
Family group pulls a food con in restaurant
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Compiled by RAHIMY RAHIM, NG SI HOOI and A. RAMAN
A GROUP of eight people had dinner in a restaurant, ran up a RM1,000 bill and left without paying, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.
The group, believed to be from a family and including two children, a pregnant woman and two senior citizens, had ordered eight dishes in the restaurant in Butterworth on Jan 19.
The restaurant operator, known only as Li, said the group started to leave the table in groups of two or three towards the end of the dinner.
“We thought that they were going to the toilet or had gone out to smoke. We did not suspect anything amiss,” Li said, adding that he only realised that the group had cheated him when no one returned.
Their images had been caught on CCTV.
Li tried to contact the group through a handphone number given during reservation but the calls were never answered.
Li then sent an SMS telling the group that he would call for a press conference, and Li received an SMS claiming the owner of the phone number was not part of the group.
The owner claimed his relative had borrowed his phone to make the reservation and agreed to pay half of the bill on Jan 25. However, the caller did not bank in the money as he promised.
> Two small children were believed to have been beaten up by a 12-year-old girl after the two did not flush the toilet after use, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The three were from an orphanage home in Kuala Kangsar.
The orphanage operator found bruises on the two children, aged four and five, and sent them to the hospital on Feb 1. A police report has been lodged.
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