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Perranporth restaurant owner locks in golfers who won't pay full bill

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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THE owner of an Indian restaurant locked in a group of golfers after they threatened to leave without paying their full bill.

Ten men, believed to be on a golfing trip from Somerset, had enjoyed a meal and several beers at Jaipur Indian Cuisine on St Piran's Road, Perranporth, last Wednesday.

"The men were all jolly and quite drunk," said owner Karamjit Mudhar.

"All of our prices are clearly shown on the menu and they were served the food and asked if everything was all right."

But when it came to settling the £175 bill the owner said they refused, adding: "One man paid £20 and tried to walk out, another said he was only paying £5 for the Cobra beer he had.

"In the end I had to lock the door. If I hadn't stopped them they would have gone.

"There has been a restaurant here for 16 years and we have a good reputation. The party were happy but then said the food was (rubbish) but only after they had licked their plates clean.

"I think they saw it as a good trick and they were trying to do a runner."

He claimed the group became abusive, intimidating other diners.

Lynda Cole, who runs the Stepping Stones café in Perranporth, was eating with friends at the time and said: "We were having dinner and the men were using a lot of bad language. I think they had been drinking.

"They were standing at the bar refusing to pay (the full bill) and being very aggressive. One man was waving £10 and kept saying that was all he was prepared to pay."

The group eventually paid £100, said Mr Mudhar.

He called the police, who told him it was a civil matter as they had not refused to pay.

"They knew their rights. It's not a criminal matter if they offer to pay something, which leaves me out of pocket," he added.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  October 18 2012, 4:56PM

    tommmyffffisher, Where are the facts? In SOME cases a diner who is not satisfied with the meal MAY refuse to pay for VARIOUS reasons.If the food was that bad they wouldn't have eaten it! Cobra beer is 4.7% ABV on draught and made in Belgium where the best beers in the world are made, you are clearly not a proper beer drinker. The only bad PR for the owner is that he did not throw these idiots out when they started swearing and upsetting other customers,

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  • Thelonius2  |  October 18 2012, 12:28PM

    I'm with josdave, barrtribe and the restaurant owner. These louts did not start drinking only on arrival at the curry house, they would have started at the club after their game, then probably onto a pub before arriving for a meal.

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  • tommmyfisher  |  October 18 2012, 11:29AM

    Thats one side of the story, now some facts Supply of Goods and Services Act of 1982 In some cases a diner who is not satisfied with the meal may refuse to pay for various reasons. I doubt they were as drunk as this story was trying to paint, as it is almost impossible on Cobra In my eyes Karamjit Mudhar should be charged with false imprisonment plus poor PR

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  • barrtribe  |  October 18 2012, 9:54AM

    Shame on you sir's (used very loosely); you bring the golfing community into disrespect.

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  • josdave  |  October 18 2012, 8:44AM

    These men if they are known should be named and shamed. Just goes to show that "drink in sense out" is not just a saying and these louts (what else can you call them) just because they think they are better being in a golf club are no better than the people they look down on.

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