Adelaide man's $200 restaurant runner backfires after staff's heroic act

·News Reporter
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An Adelaide man attempted to flee a Chinese restaurant without paying for his bill, which he allegedly racked up to more than $200, it's been reported.

But his dash attempt backfired when restaurant staff caught up to the 33-year-old outside the Concubine restaurant on Gouger Street before a dramatic scuffle ensued.

The incident unfolded at 9.30 pm on Wednesday night after the diner attempted to pay with an invalid voucher, but when staff approached him, he allegedly bolted, Nine News reported.

Man in yellow jumper being held back by restaurant staff in black
Restaurant staff say the man racked up a bill of more than $200 before attempting to bolt without paying. Source: Nine News

Video filmed by an onlooker captures the moment at least three staff members pounce on the diner wearing a distinctive yellow jumper as they tried to restrain him.

At one point, one worker appears to have him in a headlock in a bid to stop him in his tracks.

The owner of the restaurant told Nine News some staff were injured during the scuffle, which they now "regret".

"It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to try and restrain him for the police as we were immensely upset that someone came in and racked up a huge bill and tried to run off," they said in a statement to Nine News.

SA Police confirmed they later tracked the man down via CCTV.

"Protective Security officers tracked the man via CCTV and located him a short time later on Moonta Street where he was spoken to by Eastern District patrols," they said in a statement.

"A 33-year-old man from Salisbury was reported for theft and he will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date."

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