A 29-year-old woman was stranded with the bill at a local café after her date ran away mid-meal on Sunday June 3 in Bondi, Australia.
On Sunday afternoon, a couple entered the restaurant called Milky Lane for their first date. They placed their order and started feasting on their meal after the food arrived.
The duo were in the middle of their lunch when the man excused himself and said that he was going outside to get some cash out of the ATM. It was not long before the young woman realized that not only had she been stood up, but her date had also abandoned her with a $100 bill.
The woman felt bewildered and humiliated to the point where she started crying. However, the steadfast staff that was present during the incident went over to the woman and consoled her. They also took up the initiative to cheer her up by comping the whole bill and giving her a $150 voucher so that she comes back ‘with a real man’.
The restaurant’s owner, Christian Avant, was so furious when he heard about the incident that he shared a post on his Facebook page.
Christian wrote, “…a couple just came into ML Bondi on a first date, ate and drunk heaps, he said he was going outside to get some cash out then did the runner, leaving her with the whole bill.”
He proceeded to say, “What a piece of shit.”
Christian was tempted to reveal the identity from the CCTV installed at the restaurant, but for the runner’s image and reputation, he did not.
He wrote, “Part of me wants to post his head from the CCTV but I won’t.”
The owner also revealed that the café ‘comped the whole bill’ as the young woman had gone through enough for the day.
There was a lot of hate for the unnamed runner underneath Christian’s post. One user wrote, “Omfg that is absolutely disgusting!! How the hell can you do that to another human.”
Others praised the owner and staff of the restaurant. One user wrote, “Thank god you were the owner! I don’t think anyone else would have done that…”
Another wrote, “You’re a good man!”
Some even proposed that maybe it was the couple’s plan to get a free meal. However, Christian denied it stating that one would not go through so many tears and awkwardness just for a meal.
Many users demanded that the owner release the name of the runner, but Christian was against the idea of defaming someone on a public forum with billions of people.
He stated, “I know everyone wants me to name and shame and post his head but that’s a form of cyber bullying which I’m really really against.”
Christian ended his statement with, “What he did is wrong but me posting his head and name for everyone to abuse and attack is no better.”
Christian’s girlfriend, Molly Morgan Cunningham, took a step further and added dessert and some cocktails to the paid meal. They even ended up doing some tequila shots together!