A GREEDY customer tried to prank eight half-price meals using the Eat Out to Help Out program at a fish and chips.
The man was eating alone at the Eglinton Diner and Fish Fry in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, when he ordered eight meals – one to eat and seven to take away, in an attempt to get them at half price.
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He told the workers at the chippy it was to “keep him alive for the next few days.”
When staff told him that the program – set up to help businesses that were hardly affected by the coronavirus pandemic – was not meant to be used like this, the customer complained about the restaurant on Facebook.
The man wrote: “Totally pants and insulting attitude, lost eight different meals, KFC loved your money, long time customers never come back. ”
A message from Eglinton Diner and Fish Fry said, “I can only assume you were the person in the restaurant yesterday who had dinner on your own but asked to order eight dinners.
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“One to eat and the other seven to take away to keep you going for the next few days.
“Please read the rules for the Eat Out to Help Out program, as that is definitely not the way it is supposed to work.
“It’s the greedy people who put projects like this at risk and we put too much emphasis on our business to bend the rules for greedy clients.”
“I hope you enjoyed your meal. “
Eglinton Diner shared the “obviously upset customer” view.
The company published: “I think the attitude of the staff was totally incredulous.
“Trying to order eight meals for one person so he can get them at half price. Unbelievable!
And other customers have expressed their support for the chippy on social media.
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One person wrote: “Well done for telling the idiot to try and take liberties with the ‘eat out to help’ program, greedy and selfish thoughtless people are not worth the time and effort. ”
Another added: “People just don’t get it, they do! The guys do an amazing job and your food is amazing. ”
The Treasury has revealed that more than 64million meals have been claimed under the scheme, which cuts restaurant meals Monday through Wednesday by 50% – up to £ 10 per person.