Dozy diners who dashed from a Fife restaurant without paying their bill were traced after leaving their details as part of coronavirus regulations.
The pair had stopped off at Ziggy’s in St Andrew on Monday night and provided contact information as part of the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect scheme, which requires all hospitality businesses to take the names and contact details of customers.
After finishing their meal, the women, who were accompanied by children and a dog, then attempted to flee the eatery.
In their attempt to get away the duo drove the wrong way down Murray Place, resulting in their number plate being taken down by a cyclist coming into the one-way street.
The cheeky pair even blasted staff with abuse when they were called on the phone number they had left.
Posting online, Ziggy’s branded the women as the “thickest thieves”.
They said: “Watch out for this pair of rockets, straight out of Viz!
“They came to the restaurant on Monday evening without a reservation (two girls with two young children and a dog!), we had space so we took their details and sat them at the table.
“They finished their meal and before we had the chance to clear their plates, one left with the kids leaving the other to ‘pay’! Of course the Apple Pay didn’t work, so she had to run to the car to get her bank card.
“Meanwhile the friend was already in the car trying to drive the wrong way out of Murray Place (a one way road)!
“She was met by a Deliveroo driver driving the right way, he politely tried to make her aware of this however, she preferred to get out her car and have a screaming match with him.
“Luckily the Deliveroo driver took a picture of the licence plate which has been passed on to the police along with her name and contact number (thank you track and trace).
“We phoned, she phoned back so we asked if she planned on paying her bill? We were given a load of abuse!! – Class!
“In the haste to leave they left the weans’ wellies! Maybe you can pay the bill when you come to collect them!”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said they were aware of the incident.
She said: “We received a report of a group leaving a premises in Murray Place, St Andrews, without paying, around 7.15pm on Monday, September 28.
“Officers are following a positive line of enquiry.”