Customer Ordered To Pay 500 Restaurant Bill Two Years After Doing A Runner
A customer has been ordered to pay more than £500 for his slap-up meal – two years after he did a runner.
William Potter and three pals dined out on scallops, beef fillet, lamb shanks and cod.
Then they ordered desserts and helped to wash the whole lot down with two bottles of Dom Perignon champagne – at £148.40 a bottle.
An Italian pinot grigio at £23.50 and two bottles of £35 rioja were also selected from the wine list to help the evening go with a swing.
CascadeGuilty: Billy Potter admitted not paying the bill at magistrate”s court
At the end of the meal, Potter”s friends left Milsom”s in Dedham, Essex and started a car while he told staff he would pay the bill after going to the toilet.
He used the toilet then vanished.
And as the restaurant did not take bookings, there was no clue to who the people were.
Police later put out CCTV footage of the group and the publicity led to Potter telling police he was responsible.
The 48 year-old from Tiptree, has been expected to face at trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on a charge of making off without payment.
CascadeNot so crafty: Potter went to the toilet – then vanished without paying up
But when he appeared in court on Wednesday, he changed his plea to guilty and was given a 120 hour unpaid work order and supervision for a year.
Recorder Colin Chandler also told Potter to pay the outstanding restaurant bill – £525.50p.
The court heard the incident took place on February 2, 2013 when three men and a woman went to the exclusive restaurant for a meal.
Slap up meal: Potter and pals had beef fillet, scallops and Dom Perignon at Milsoms restaurant
When the bill came, Potter”s friends left and he said he would pay in a minute after using the toilet but staff never saw him again.
Restaurant owner Paul Milsom said at the time: "They obviously decided they were going to do this and ran up a big bill.
"Our average spend is not that high and this was clearly premeditated which is disheartening. They knew what they were doing. This was no mistake.
He added: "It hardly ever happens and we have the CCTV to ensure if it does we can identify the people involved."