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I find it unbelievable that someone could be willing to go to those lengths for a free meal

Christopher Baker ordered a meal at a bistro before letting his rodent loose in the restaurant on Valentine’s Day. CCTV caught him attempting to get away with a refund after he dropped the rat on the floor. AlertSystems have commented on the news at Borneo Bistro in Sunderland.

Baker pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Sunderland Magistrates Court and, according to prosecutor Lee Poppett, claimed the rat had bitten his finger before demanding a refund which was granted. Acorn Pest Control attended the scene and thought the rodent was in fact a pet.

He was eating alone and appeared to fiddle with his pocket when he went to pay the bill. Waiters apologised and gave Baker a refund, however, he has now been struck by a 12-month community order with supervision along with paying a £60 victim surcharge and £7.25 in compensation to Kevin Smith, the owner.

Speaking after the case, Mr Smith was fearful of the impact it would have on his business: "He could have destroyed the reputation I have built up over seven years. I was devastated. I thought 'that's it my business is gone'. I didn't sleep that night. I find it unbelievable that someone could be willing to go to those lengths for a free meal."

Baker told police he had bought the rat from a pet shop as a gift for his daughter.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, UK providers of business security solutions, has responded to the news: “Fortunately the presence of CCTV showed that a rat had tactically been used to avoid the customer paying after eating at this bistro. Without technology in place the business could have been threatened with closure as its reputation would have been tarnished.

“Commercial security is crucial for businesses of all sizes and this case highlights how effective they are at eliminating damaging allegations. Their reputations and profitability can be protected by high quality cameras such as those provided by AlertSystems.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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