The woman at the centre of a spate of a dine and dash incidents across Perth has lashed out angrily at the restaurants who have outed her escapades.
A number of the restaurants that fell victim to the woman and her male accomplice claim they have been on the receiving end of abusive phone messages, calls and Facebook posts.
Toby Evans, owner of 3 Sheets, said the couple struck twice at his Hillarys restaurant last year and he had made it his personal mission to see them brought to justice. At both visits the couple left without paying food and drink bills in the order of $250.
Earlier this week Elmar’s in the Valley went public on its Facebook page after being stung by what appears to be the same couple.
Since then, other venues have come forward to reveal they too had been hit, including Terrazza in Applecross, the Floreat Hotel, Bistro Bellavista in East Perth and Daddy Long Legs in East Victoria Park.
“When we got done I made it my mission to get them caught, so as soon as I saw Elmar’s had got done I got in touch with them and said it was the same MO,” Mr Evans said.
He was now aware the woman believed to be responsible had been abusing staff at restaurants who had gone public since the Elmar’s incident.
“They’ve been ringing up, leaving abusive messages at Elmar’s in the Valley, abusive messages on the answer machine which the police have got, I know that for a fact,” Mr Evans said.
It’s believed the woman goes by a number of different aliases, including Lois Loder, Lois Lang, Lois Lynn and Hope Lang.
“She’s abusing the staff and saying ‘oh I meant to pay, I meant to pay’, so she’s trying to dig herself out of a massive hole which she can’t.”
In a Facebook message sent to one restaurant owner who wished to remain anonymous, a woman identifying herself as Lois Lynn threatened to post bad reviews online unless the restaurant removed posts about the dine and dash incidents.
The Royal on the Waterfront supervisor Matt Janin said they received a call soon after media reports the restaurant had been a victim of the couple.
“One of our staff members picked up the phone and a lady said ‘I’ve just seen myself on TV and your venue says that we’ve been doing runners and ... then that staff member said, just hold on a minute I’ll give you to my venue manager and then I ... heard a few swear words coming out of the phone.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed they were aware of the incidents and they were investigating, however no charges have been laid.
Mr Evans said media reports about the case had been good for the industry, giving restaurant owners an idea of the tactics dine and dashers used but also letting the public know that they would be caught on CCTV.
“All the restaurants are part of the same sort of Facebook groups, they put a picture on that and it goes to all the venues like wildfire,” he said.
“What has happened now is the biggest deterrent to anybody because would you want to do a dine and dash after this?”
This article originally appeared on PerthNow.