A GREEDY couple who “got their kicks” from running out of restaurants without paying have been slapped with a fine.
Paul Brown and wife Rhiannon targeted Beefeater outlets where they racked up an average £90 bill each time.
Wales News Service Paul Brown and wife Rhiannon targetted Beefeater restaurants across Wales in their £550 dine-and-dash scam
They would gorge on grub before sneaking out without settling up.
Mortage advisor Paul, 50, first started carrying out his dine-and-dash con with Rhiannon, 46, at the Longbow Beefeater in Llantrisant, South Wales, in February.
The couple then hit two other franchises over the next four weeks before moving onto the chain’s Walston Castle restaurant in Cardiff and the Bagle Brook in Port Talbot.
But the Browns were recognised by staff when they returned to the Walston Castle restaurant three months later and again left without paying.
Wales News Service This Beefeater in Cardiff was among at least six the couple ate at without paying Wales News Service Paul, 50, and Rhiannon, 46, were slapped with a fine and ordered to do community work
The couple, parents of three adult children, were identified and arrested by police before each being charged with four counts of making off without payment.
They both pleaded guilty to all of the charges at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, and were sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work.