Pubic hair in meal means I’m not paying; except it’s mine; caught on video

Forty-year-old UK man Lee Tyers was recently sentenced to 14 days in jail for trying to get out of paying the check at Jamal’s Indian Restaurant by putting his own pubic hair in his food. 

According to The Mirror and summarized by Eater, Tyers and a friend worked their way through a £39.55 meal of two lamb bhunas, pilau rice, naan, drinks, a chapati and a shish kebab before complaining to a waiter about finding hair lee-tyers-4052147in his lamb bhuna. Unfortunately for Tyers, it’s 2013 and video recording technology is a very real thing. 

The Guardian reports that the restaurant’s cameras caught him “adding the extra ingredient to his meal” before getting up to talk to staff. Since Tyers already owed owner Jamal Chowdhuryfor £110 in previously unpaid meals, the law got involved.

Once at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, Tyers fully denied the incident. According to Chowdury, “[Tyers] showed me his plate and I said: ‘I gave you a clean plate.’ He had eaten everything, but then on the side of the plate there was some brown hair. It was separate and not mixed into the food.” In the end, his point was simple: “I told him all the staff have black hair and this is brown, it’s not our hair.” The court decided in Chowdhury’s favor, finding Tyers guilty of fraud by false representation. He was sentenced to 14 days in prison and ordered to pay for the full amount of the meal. 

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