Moment diner ‘removes plastic hidden in her BRA and put it in chicken curry to avoid paying bill’
This is the extraordinary moment when a female diner is said to remove a piece of plastic she had hidden in her bra and put it in her food before refusing to pay her £170 bill.
CCTV footage shows the woman appearing to tear the wrapper from a pack of cigarettes she had kept in her underwear before putting it in a bowl of chicken curry.
Restaurant owner Naseem Khan, 44, said the family of five devoured their food Monday afternoon at her popular Namji curry house in Milton Keynes.
But when the bill arrived, they made threats before rushing out and complaining about the “plastic” in their food – despite getting a 20 percent discount.
Police have since confirmed that they are investigating an allegation of theft against the family.
Ms Khan, known locally as the ‘Queen of Curry’ after feeding 150 families for free last Christmas, said she wouldn’t have charged the dinners if she knew they couldn’t afford them.
Camera images show how the woman in her bra appears to be reaching for a pack of cigarettes while looking around
She then appears to tear the wrapper from the cigarette pack she had kept in her underwear before putting it in a bowl of chicken curry.
Ms Khan said: ‘You could say this is someone who is not happy with the food, but they ate the food and there was nothing left – they ate everything.
‘Doing this in front of children is not acceptable in this society. If she was struggling with money, she could have come to me and I would have given her free food. But she didn’t.’
Ms Khan, who owns two restaurants in the city, said the family arrived at the restaurant – located in the Xscape shopping center – around 3:30 p.m. Monday.
They ordered four starters, seven side dishes, four drinks and six mains – including two Tandoor lamb chops – and reached a bill of £170.45.
But she said the family started complaining about their food shortly after they sat down, before the alleged incident took place.
Ms Khan continued: ‘This particular couple started complaining about the starters at first, but they ate them all. And when the staple food came out, they ate it all again.
“Later, the woman called the waiter and said there was plastic in her food. The waiter said, “We don’t have this plastic in our kitchen, but I have the authority to give you a 20 percent discount and not charge you for the dish.”
Restaurant owner Naseem Khan, 44, is known as the ‘Queen of Curry’ after providing free meals to homeless people during the pandemic
The family of five ordered four starters, seven side dishes, four drinks and six mains before refusing to pay their bill
‘The woman’s husband then got up and said, ‘I’m not going to pay,’ and the waiter said, ‘Fine, do what you have to do’ and walked away.
Waiters at the restaurant have been given ‘clear instructions’ not to confront a customer after problems with ‘very aggressive and abusive’ diners in the past.
Ms Khan said she realized what had happened after watching the footage on her security cameras.
She said: ‘We went to CCTV to find out how things could have gone better. Then we discovered she had removed the plastic from her bra.
“It came from a pack of cigarettes. She broke off a piece and put the rest back in her bra, put it in the curry and called the waiter.’
Ms Khan gave away 250 free meals each week to help the homeless in Milton Keynes during the pandemic, while also participating in multiple fundraising projects.
She then said it was “my responsibility to help others and give to charity.”
But she has been angered by the family’s actions, as she expressed concern that they used the trick to avoid paying for food at other restaurants.
She has since filed a complaint with police, adding that it is something she “would never expect or want to see.”
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘Today around 8.30am (11/10) we received a report of a theft at Namji restaurant in Xscape in Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes.
“Agents are investigating and anyone with information should call 101 or make a report on our website.”