Fury as families leave pub ‘like a bomb site’ without paying huge £330 bill

A pub owner has been left furious after two families left his venue looking “like a bomb site” and didn’t pay their £330 bill.

The two families consisting of four adults and their children arrived at the White Horse Inn in Retford, Nottinghamshire, on Tuesday night, March 8.

They ordered tomahawk steaks, cocktails and vodka among their other food and drinks, tallying up a bill of £330.

However, they reportedly vanished at around 9pm without paying their bill, leaving the owner distraught.

A spokesperson for the venue told Nottinghamshire Live: "It is just ridiculous. One of them distracted the member of staff by standing at the bar out of sight of the door.

"He was ordering another drink while the ladies in the group marched their children out, one under each arm, and bundled them into a couple of cars. Then they waited until the last guy exited and shot off."

The spokesperson added that this could not come at a worse time, as the business is still recovering from the Covid lockdown.

He added that while the incident hit the venue from a business perspective, it is the well-being of members of the staff that he is more concerned about.

He said: "The member of the staff that was on rang the manager and said he was upset and quite exasperated. He had been intimidated by their passive-aggressive behaviour and he has blamed himself.

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"It is awful because he was doing really well and was training to be in a managerial position. Now he has lost all of his confidence.

"It is not that it just hurts my pocket, the real problem is that the staff there are nervous now and do not feel comfortable."

The pub owner said that he has worked in the industry for about a decade, but that he has never witnessed "anything like it".

He added: "The children were running around the restaurant, running up to people's tables, falling over things.

"And then they have left bowls of food upturned on the floor – I have never seen anything like it in ten years in the industry. It was just like a pack of bears had been in."

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