Chancer tries to buy a whole week of meals at chippy using Eat Out to Help Out

A man was told to sing for his supper when he tried to con a chip shop out of eight meals on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The lone diner raised suspicions when he asked for a fish supper to eat in – and seven more to take away at Eglinton Diner and Fish Fry in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire.

Shocked staff asked the man why he was ordering such a huge amount of food and he replied stating he hoped the stock would “last for a few days”.

The diner was unimpressed when staff refused the order and tried to explain that the way he was ordering was not in compliance with the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Disappointed and dejected, the gentleman later took to social media to vent his fury – and claimed he had instead bought multiple meals at a nearby fast food company.

Taking to Facebook, he harrumphed: “Attitude totally pants and insulting, lost out on eight different meals.”

Tagging the restaurant in his online complaint, the disgruntled diner continued: “KFC loved your money.”

He added: “Long time customer never be back.”

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Perhaps he didn’t expect a response from the restaurant, however, which hit back to tell its side of the story.

It replied: “Hi, I can only assume you were the person in the diner yesterday who was dining alone but asked to order eight suppers. One to eat and the other seven to take away to keep you going for the next few days.

“Please read the rules on the EAT OUT TO HELP OUT SCHEME as this is certainly not the way it is intended to work.

“It is people with your greed that puts schemes like this in jeopardy… and we value out business to much to be bending rules for greedy customers.

“I hope you enjoyed your meal.”

The exchange quickly gained reaction from stunned onlookers who responded in shock and humour at the online message.

The restaurant went on to share the customer's report on their own social media outlets, writing: “I think the attitude of the staff was utter disbelief. Trying to order eight meals for one person so he can get them half price. Unbelievable!”

Many took the side of the chip shop – with one customer stating: "Well done for telling the idiot trying to take liberties with the 'eat out to help out' scheme, greedy selfish thoughtless people like that aren't worth the time and effort catering for."

The Government rules on Eat Out to Help Out clearly state the scheme is “to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)”.

The scheme excludes take out food.

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