Ronan Flood, owner of Oscars Cafe Bar in Dublin, Ireland, was left stunned after one punter’s actions.
The brazen punter charged multiple devices at the boozer[/caption]
He claims the customer first ordered some booze before making a cheeky move.
Ronan says the man then took out an extension lead to charge a laptop, phone and a tablet for a whopping four-and-a-half hours.
After noticing what was going on, Ronan simply unplugged the extension lead when the customer went to the toilet to avoid a confrontation.
He said: “I plugged the extension out at the wall – thinking that the guest would take the hint.
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“I headed off to one of the other bars, and I came back… and the same guest was still sitting there with the devices plugged in.
“In fairness, he had got a second drink – but it was like ‘Ah here, 4.5 hours this is a bit much’.”
The pub owner said he then decided to confront the customer over the “excessive use” of electricity during an energy crisis, reports the Irish Mirror.
Ronan said: “I went down to the customer and just said to him that ‘This is excessive use of our electricity, you’re kind of taking the proverbial with the plug board’.
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“I just asked him to put the plug board away”.
The customer then questioned if this meant he was not welcome in the bar as the two had a “respectful conversation”.
Ronan replied: “You’re welcome to be in the bar, but not if you’re excessively using our electricity.
“He walked out the door – we both had a mutually respectful conversation, and he went on his way.”
Despite the amicable ending, the pub owner said the interaction “grated on him later on in the day” with Ronan deciding to post about it on the boozer’s official Twitter account.
The post read: “Seen it all now. Customer sits for 4.5 hours and plugs 3 devices into his own plug board. Ireland 2022 summed up in 1 image #whatenergycrisis #cheeky.”
People took to the comments to side with the pub owner with one person likening the act to “stealing in plain sight.”
Ronan also stressed that he had no problem with patrons charging a single device but everything needs to be “done in moderation”.
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Speaking on Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live show Ronan added: “We’d see nobody stuck – anyone that comes in and needs to charge up a phone, we’re under no illusions here, we know it’s not a colossal cost to charge devices.
“But everything has to be done in moderation, and it wasn’t in this case”.