The owner of Paputzis restaurant in Linden said on Friday she had identified the young couple who came into her restaurant and staged a “dine and dash” after an alcoholic breakfast on Thursday morning.
Surveillance footage of the young woman‚ who appears to be in her 20s‚ and a male companion was posted on social media by the Linden coffee shop on Thursday.
The owner Ria Slabber posted this message: “Anybody recognise this girl and guy? Came in this morning in Paputzis had breakfast and tequila and she and her boyfriend ran out without paying and sped off in his red and black VW”.
She added that she had laid charges with the police.
The woman’s father bravely took to a neighbourhood Facebook group on Friday to apologise.
“We went to Paputzis as a family first thing this morning with tears in our eyes offering our sincere apologies which (the owner) has kindly accepted. If we had known about this yesterday‚ we would have sorted it out immediately. We apologise to (the owner) and her staff for all the inconvenience caused.”
Slabber confirmed on Friday afternoon that her father came to apologise to her for his daughter’s misdeeds on Friday morning.
“I accepted the apology. We signed an agreement that she and her partner perform community service at the SPCA for a period of three months. I will then withdraw the charges‚” Slabber said.