Brazen dine-and-dasher inhales truly astounding quantity of food and booze

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Pubs in the Yorkshire area have been warned to keep an eye out for a dine-and-dasher with a rather extreme approach to his particular racket, The Morning Advertiser reports. The two recent incidents, which The MA suggests may be related, involve a man arriving at a pub for an overnight or several-night stay, ingesting an absurd amount of food and booze, then vanishing like a drunk, sweaty magician or something.

In the most recent incident, a man racked up a £195.50 tab (nearly $250 USD) in a single day and evening at the Wyvill Arms in North Yorkshire. During his stay, the man, whom a staff member described as being tall and “of large build” with strawberry blonde hair and in his late 20s to early 30s, consumed:

  • One steak pie
  • One “pricey fillet steak”
  • 4 bottles of Peroni
  • 4 “large white wines”
  • 14 vodka-Cokes
  • 2 gins
  • 2 pints of a craft lager

The self-professedly “tired and emotional” then ordered a £23 bottle ($30 USD) of prosecco and tottered off to bed. In the morning, he dipped without paying the tab. (How is this man not dead from alcohol poisoning?)

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We at The Takeout humbly suggest that the authorities might want to broaden their search to include very hungry caterpillars.

The first incident is somewhat less staggering, though actually more expensive. A man matching the above description stayed for five nights in mid-November at The White Horse in the Yorkshire Dales. When he vanished from that establishment, he left behind a £500 bill ($634), which included a £100 tab ($126) for 25 pints of lager.

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Dave Bate, the landlord of the pub, told The MA that the man “said his boss would be paying,” and described him as “a pathological liar and clearly a very heavy drinker.

A spokesperson for the North Yorkshire Police confirmed to The MA that an investigation was ongoing, and that they’re attempting to confirm whether or not the incidents were related and/or perpetrated by a human, rather than by Taz the Tasmanian Devil disguised in a business suit and fake mustache.

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