A woman who ploughed her way through R1‚300 worth of meals and margaritas with a male companion at a Cape Town restaurant and left without paying the bill‚ has been shamed on social media into settling the debt.
“These two people spent the afternoon at our restaurant in gardens on Saturday and ran away without paying their R1‚300 bill. Please share! It’s not about the money but it is about people knowing about their horrible characters. Let’s make them famous #sies‚” said a post accompanying the video.
The video‚ viewed 334‚384 times by 1.30pm on Tuesday‚ unleashed a withering storm of criticism on social media. Some commentators spewed venom‚ describing the couple’s behaviour as despicable. “They should be tortured until they die‚” said one observer.
The commotion proved to be too much for a woman who confessed‚ on the page‚ that it was her in the video.
“This man … is a womaniser‚ he played me just like all the other women‚ that have and are now coming out and saying how he played them too‚” she said on Perry’s Facebook page.
“I had no money‚ he already owed me money and he knew that I had no money ….
“My family has lent me the money so I am coming to pay it!” she said.
Perry told TMG Digital that the woman arrived at the restaurant shortly after 1pm to apologise on Tuesday.
“I think the social media backlash has been much bigger than we expected‚ overwhelming really. Their faces are all over Cape Town and I don’t think it is necessary to lay a police charge.
The woman also left a tip for the waitress who served her.
Merin Nienaber replied to the comments on Facebook‚ saying that he knew the woman as a “loving mother with four children” who was from KwaZulu-Natal.
Under South African law‚ a case of fraud can be opened against people who fail to pay their hotel or restaurant charges. The guest may also be sued by the establishment for payment of the bill.