Tuesday 21 November 2017

Irish bar shames men who trashed restrooms into paying damages after posting CCTV image on Facebook

The bar posted this grainy CCTV shot of the three men responsible for the damage
The bar posted this grainy CCTV shot of the three men responsible for the damage
The bar received a note and the money owed in cash
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An Irish bar shamed three men into paying €300 worth of damages they caused during a late night drinking session by posting a CCTV image on social media.

Oscars Cafe Bar in Smithfield, Dublin posted a grainy shot of three men at the bar just moments before they caused hundreds of euro worth of damage to the men's bathrooms.

Co-owner of the venue Mr Ronan Flood said the staff were 'in shock' following the incident on Friday night.

Members of staff rushed to the bathrooms after they heard loud noises to be greeted with the sight of a broken ceramic urinal, torn down from the wall, and a man in the process of kicking down toilet paper holders.

"The man ran out of the bar, closely followed by his two friends," Mr Flood told RTE Radio One.

"They refused to pay for the drinks, saying it was their friend's round."

Mr Flood said the gardai were notified of the incident.

"We gave over their details and had CCTV footage and didn't think a lot more of it," he continued.

"But the next day we were still so annoyed, we had never had acts of vandalism or public order offences at the bar, we couldn't let it slide," he added.

It was then the bar decided to post the image of the three men on their Facebook page, with their faces blurred out and a 72-hour ultimatum.

The Facebook post on the bar's official page read: "To the three gin and tonic drinking well spoken "respectable" punters who were in last night.

"You have 72 hours to compensate us €300 for the damage you did to our restrooms and running out without paying your bill last night.

"Dumbasses, we have cctv cameras everywhere and will have no hesitation in publishing our unpixelated footage during the week if we do not receive payment ‪#‎72hoursassholes‬ [sic]."

Mr Flood said they received the money and an apology within two days.

"We gave them an ultimatum of 72 hours and asked for €300 compensation and apology," Mr Flood continued.

"During Saturday the post took a life of its own and, in the evening, we received a call from one of the culprits. He apologised and said he would drop the cash in.

"He arrived at 2pm on Sunday, we liaised with one of the local businesses who acted as an intermediary.

"He gave us the cash and a letter of apology."

The note read: "Sorry again for all the damage we caused Friday night. I'm also sorry for any personal distress we caused you personally."

Mr Flood said they were 'slightly concerned' about posting the image online, but made sure the men's faces were blurred out.

"We were a little bit nervous," he said.

"But it was such an unusual occurrence for us, we were so shocked and we felt something had to be done. Obviously, the gardai should be everyone's first port of call but I suppose this helped."

The bar have since updated their Facebook followers with Sunday's result, posting a photo of the note and cash and writing: "Update on our 72 hour ultimatum.

"Compensation and letter of apology dropped in this afternoon.

"Doesn't excuse the actions of these individuals but a small victory nonetheless.

"Many thanks to the Gardai for their assistance on the night."

Oscars Cafe Bar also hit headlines recently for their witty wifi password.

A photo of a receipt from the bar went viral online as the wifi password reads 'Hipsterspleasebuysomething'.

Other passwords for their wifi have included 'itsnotworking' and 'theywonttellme'.

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