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Churrasco Grill in West Derby, Liverpool, gave the bill dodgers a “gentle warning” to come back with the money or their photos would be shared on social media. In the message on Facebook, the owner gave the ‘four boys’ five days to repay the bill before they said they would contact the police.
The full post, which Liverpool Echo reports was shared by hundreds on Facebook, reads: “To the four boys that was in churrasco grill tonight we are giving you a gentle warning to come back and settle your bill or your pictures will be posted all over social media as well as contacting the police.
“You have a time scale of five days to repay the bill. We work very hard here and for that to happen as kind of ruined our night.”
The four culprits were said to have visited the establishment on Friday April 30, enjoyed a meal and fled.
But, since the owner shared the warning on Facebook, a member of the group returned to the restaurant to pay the bill, even offering an apology.
The restaurant provided the update on Facebook on Sunday night.
We wanted to give them the chance to say we don’t want to contact the police, we know times are hard and everyone is struggling
Churrasco Grill manager
They posted a picture of the money along with a note which read: “From the 3 lads the other day – sorry about that.”
Speaking about the unexpected turn of events, a representative from Churrasco Grill said: “We wanted to give them the chance to say we don’t want to contact the police, we know times are hard and everyone is struggling.
“If it was a situation where they were struggling they could have come to us and told us.
“We’ve had customers in the past who have said ‘we haven’t had enough money in the bank and we didn’t know it was going to come to that much, can we come back and pay tomorrow?’ and we’ve done that.
“We just wanted to make a good gesture from us to them but obviously we don’t want us to lose out as well. They came back with the money after three days and they even left a £7 tip.”
The restaurant has only been able to open to outdoor diners two weeks, following months of closure and uncertainty due to the pandemic.
The manager added: “When it happened, I just said to one of the other managers ‘why don’t we put a post on Facebook like this?’ We had them on CCTV but revealing them was the last thing we wanted to do. We just wanted to give them a chance and they came back.
“We’re happy that they’ve come back and rectified the situation and we would be happy to have them come back in again.
“We’re just made up that they came back and paid and we appreciate it. We want them to know and say thank you because we didn’t want to post them on social media. That was the last thing in the world we wanted to do.”
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