Mercedes driver orders $335 worth of live seafood, then drives off without paying
It turns out, it was all a misunderstanding.
A man driving a Mercedes allegedly went to a shop in Bartley Road to purchase live seafood but drove off without paying the $334.50 bill.
A request was put up on Facebook seeking the driver to return to the shop to make payment.
The social media post, which identified the driver as a “Mr Jia”, included a picture of the receipt, the sum owed, and even a photo of the Mercedes.
According to Shin Min Daily News, the man arrived at The Morning Catch Seafood restaurant at 7.50am on Sept 19 and bought three American lobsters, nine mantis shrimps, nine baby abalones, and 1kg of flower crabs.
The shop owner, Serene Qin, told Shin Min she was not around at the time and learnt about the incident from her staff.
Her employees told her that the man claimed to know the owner of the shop and said he would make a funds transfer for the purchase later on.
When staff asked for his contact details, the man said he was in a rush before driving off.
One employee, though, managed to take a photo of the silver Mercedes the man was driving.
Initially, Ms Jin said she did not this Mr Jia, but later ascertained that her staff -- being relatively new -- had misheard the man's name, which was actually "Jiang".
Mr Jiang it seems, was indeed a regular customer whom Ms Qin knew well, and the latter has since apologised for the mix-up.
The misunderstanding was cleared up on Sept 28, when an irate Mr Jiang posted about the incident on social media -- in response to the restaurant's post.
Mr Jiang has since made full payment, and the Facebook post has since been taken down.