Woman returns to pay R1 300 restaurant tab after 'dine and dash'

UPDATE: 'I wasn't thinking rationally', says woman who ducked R 1 300 restaurant bill

The hospitality industry is bustling in the Mother City as the summer season sees more patrons dining out.

But there's also an increase in chance takers, as seen from popular CCTV footage from this weekend.

A couple ran up a R1 300 tab at Fat Cactus Café in Gardens on Saturday, and opted not to pay after spending the entire afternoon there 'splurging' on drinks and food.

WATCH: Hunt for couple after R1 300 dine and dash

Fat Cactus' Celeste Perry says the couple spent over 6 hours at the restaurant before doing a disappearing act.

She posted the CCTV footage on her personal Facebook account, asking for help to identify the pair.

The video shows the man getting up first and the young woman making a duck for it shortly after.

The 'dine and dash' incident has sparked discussions online and the Facebook post has been shared widely.

In less than 24 hours, the post was liked over 300 times, received nearly 500 comments and more than 9 000 shares.

As a result of the viral post, the young woman came forward on Tuesday to apologise and settle the bill from the weekend.

I'm so happy that this has gone as viral as it has. Just to make people aware that they can't get away with it.

Celeste Perry, owner of Fat Cactus Café in Gardens

The woman says her dining partner claimed he was going to wash his hands when he made a run for it.

Perry had initially planned on laying criminal charges, but now feels the social embarrassment of the video will suffice.

The restaurant will instead give the waitress her cut of the tip, and donate the rest of the money to a good cause.

Listen to the full update from Pippa Hudson's Show:

Read More
UCT MBA alumnus uses Cape Epic to pay it forward

UCT MBA alumnus uses Cape Epic to pay it forward

Mervyn Christoffels used the ABSA Cape Epic race to raise funds for a scholarship aimed at needy students who want to do an MBA.

7 Cape Town restaurants that offer hot burger deals

7 Cape Town restaurants that offer hot burger deals

A list of some of the best burger specials in the Mother City to please your taste buds and your pocket.

WC deadline for 2018 school enrolment hits

WC deadline for 2018 school enrolment hits

March 24, is the deadline for applications to enroll kids in Western Cape schools for 2018 and the department says so far so good.

'I wasn't thinking rationally', says woman who ducked R 1 300 restaurant bill

'I wasn't thinking rationally', says woman who ducked R 1 300 restaurant bill

Sacha Geere came forward to pay a R 1 300 tab that she skipped over the weekend and explains her side of the widely-shared story.

WATCH: Super pod of humpback whales making waves online

WATCH: Super pod of humpback whales making waves online

A rare spotting of over 60 humpback whales in the Atlantic this weekend captured in this amazing drone footage from above.

LISTEN: Daredevil motorist drives off Chapman’s Peak to escape authorities

LISTEN: Daredevil motorist drives off Chapman’s Peak to escape authorities

A 32-year-old man has been hospitalised after he plunged off Chapman’s Peak Drive, while dodging police and a R42 toll gate fee.

Popular articles
Cape's blusterous winds too risky for the Mercedez Benz fashion week

Cape's blusterous winds too risky for the Mercedez Benz fashion week

Several shows of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 had to be postponed due to the gusting winds.

Naked Scientist reveals the real cure for a hangover (and its not hot wings!)

Naked Scientist reveals the real cure for a hangover (and its not hot wings!)

Dr Chris Smith gives insights on what peaks your interest.

The rand is on a rampage

The rand is on a rampage

The rand is going from strength to strength. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Treasury One’s Andre Cilliers.

[CARTOON] Poephol With a Taste For Strife

[CARTOON] Poephol With a Taste For Strife

EWN's Dr Jack & Curtis take a look at the Spur confrontation that has taken the country by a storm.

Spur tightens its belt as 'two for the price of one' Monday burger special ends

Spur tightens its belt as 'two for the price of one' Monday burger special ends

The CEO of Spur says food inflation has played a big role in making this difficult decision.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.