A GREEDY customer tried to blag eight half-price meals using the Eat Out to Help Out scheme at a fish and chip shop.

The man was eating alone at Eglinton Diner and Fish Fry in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, when he ordered eight meals – one to eat and seven to take away, in a bid to get them at half price.

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The man was eating alone at Eglinton Diner and Fish Fry in Saltcoats[/caption]

He told workers at the chippy that it was to “keep him going for the next few days”.

When staff told him the scheme – introduced to help business which were hardly hit by the coronavirus pandemic – was not supposed to be used like that, the customer complained about the restaurant on Facebook.

The man wrote: “Attitude totally pants and insulting, lost out on eight different meals, KFC loved your money, long time customer never be back.”

A post from Eglinton Diner and Fish Fry said: “I can only assume you were the person in the diner yesterday who was dining alone but asked to order eight suppers.


“One to eat and the other seven to take away to keep you going for the next few days.

“Please read the rules on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme as this is certainly not the way it is intended to work.

“It is people with your greed that put schemes like this in jeopardy and we value our business too much to be bending rules for greedy customers.

“I hope you enjoyed your meal.”

The customer complained about the business on social media, but the chippy quickly replied[/caption]

Eglinton Diner shared the review from the ‘obviously upset customer’.

The business posted: “I think the attitude of the staff was utter disbelief.

“Trying to order eight meals for one person so he can get them half price. Unbelievable!”

And other customers voiced their support for the chippy on social media.

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One person wrote: “Well done for telling the idiot trying to take liberties with the ‘eat out to help out’ scheme, greedy selfish thoughtless people like that aren’t worth the time and effort catering for.”

Another added: “People just don’t get it do they! Yous guys are doing amazing and your food is amazing.”

The Treasury has revealed more than 64 million meals have been claimed on the scheme, which discounts meals eaten in restaurants from Monday to Wednesday by 50 per cent – up to £10 per person.


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