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The suspects walked into ‘Bite Me Burger’ in Marlborough, Wiltshire which offers customers the chance to try and eat a 12 burgers in six minutes. If customers pre-book and complete the challenge within the allotted time then it is free.
The couple in question asked to do its burger challenge but staff explained that it wasn’t available as it had to be prebooked.
Staff say the couple then ordered 12 burgers for their party – ate them all then refused to pay saying they had completed the challenge anyway.
Wiltshire Police have now issued CCTV images of a male and female who they are hoping to speak to about the incident on February 5.
The police are treating the incident as theft.
Simon Wetton, the owner of the Kingsbury Street restaurant, said that he is owed £174 by the diners.
He said: “We do something called the burger challenge, which is that if you can eat 12 burgers in six minutes then the bill is on us.
“But to do the burger challenge it has to be pre-arranged as we have to be on-hand to time it properly.
“These people said they wanted to do the challenge but it was Saturday night, we were very busy and we didn’t have the staff and time to time it, it’s meant to be pre-arranged, so we said that unfortunately, they couldn’t do the challenge.
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“They still ordered 12 burgers and said they wanted to do the challenge. We explained that sorry, that was just not practical.
“But when it came to pay they said they had done the challenge in six minutes and would not pay for the burgers, the bill was on us.
“Staff again explained that it had to be timed by us. They argued with the waitress about this, she went to get the manager and by the time he arrived they had walked out.
“So I rang them and said look you owe me this money, please come back and pay it and they hung up on me, after saying they were going to slag off the restaurant on social media.”
He added: “As it happens, I could see from the CCTV footage that it is crystal clear that they didn’t eat the burgers in six minutes, even though it was not pre-arranged.”
Mr Wetton reported the incident to the Wiltshire Police.
They said in a statement: “We are now investigating this as theft and would ask anyone with information to call us on 101, quoting reference 54220012944.”
Mr Wetton admitted: “I don’t want to waste police time or that of the courts but, on top of all that restaurants have gone through with the lockdown, this is a matter of principle and people should not be allowed to get away with it.”
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