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Chinese restaurant staff wrestle diner accused of fleeing without paying: Adelaide Chinatown

Restaurant staff at a busy Chinese eatery have wrestled with a diner who allegedly walked out after refusing to pay his bill worth hundreds of dollars.

Dramatic video captured the moment fed-up waiters at Chinatown restaurant on Gouger Street in Adelaide, pounced on the man in a yellow hoodie about 9.30pm on Wednesday, placing him in a headlock.

Three men and a woman can be seen struggling with the diner outside the restaurant as a voice can be heard yelling ‘stop it’.

Restaurant staff at a busy eatery in Chinatown wrestled with a diner who allegedly walked out after refusing to pay his bill worth hundreds of dollars (pictured)

The 33-year-old man was charged with theft and will face court later this month.

Commenters on social media largely praised the workers for standing their ground, while others slammed them for making the daring citizen’s arrest.

‘Family owned small business – they would be working their butts off day and night to stay in business and feed their families,’ one noted.

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‘Workers should have every right to stop the man from getting away prior to paying for his meal.’

Another wrote: ‘Well done to these workers’.

But others argued the staff had no right to detain him.

‘Hope the workers get charged as well,’ one commenter wrote.

Another added: ‘Should just call the police and send in the footage. This could easily escalate to a fight or stabbing, for what, $100 in food?’

A third wrote: ‘Hard to know what this man’s circumstances are. He may be hungry and homeless, who knows but it’s not for us to judge.’

Dramatic video captured the moment fed-up waiters at Chinatown restaurant, in Adelaide's Gouger St, pounced on the man in a yellow hoodie at about 9:30pm on Wednesday placing him in a headlock

Dramatic video captured the moment fed-up waiters at Chinatown restaurant, in Adelaide’s Gouger St, pounced on the man in a yellow hoodie at about 9:30pm on Wednesday placing him in a headlock

Is it legal to make a citizen’s arrest? 

In Australia, a person who is not a police officer is permitted to make an arrest if he or she believes on reasonable grounds someone is committing, or has just committed a criminal offence. 

But you in such cases you are legally required to inform the person of their Miranda rights (right to remain silent) and why you have detained them (unless the suspect’s actions make it impractical to inform them).

When it comes to allowable force, the person making the arrest should not use more force than is necessary and reasonable to detain the suspect.

It’s OVER for Supercheap Auto worker: Loyal employee who tried to stop a ‘thief who hid stolen goods in a pram’ QUITS the company – after ‘struggling’ with viral video fame … and he’s already got a new job

Cameron Carpenter and Tita Smith for Daily Mail Australia

A Supercheap Auto worker has quit and joined a rival after video of him confronting a woman allegedly using an empty child’s pram to steal from his store went viral.

The worker was stood down from his position at the retailer on the Gold Coast after the car parts franchise conducted a review into the incident.

He has now taken a new job with local rivals Autobarn Burleigh Heads.

In the video, the woman was stopped over the contents of her pram – where she was apparently hiding three stolen items.  

On Friday, the franchise issued a statement revealing the man who tried to stop the alleged thief has since decided to leave the company.

A Supercheap Auto employee has quit and taken a new job with a rival firm after an investigation into footage of him confronting an alleged thief (pictured) went viral

A Supercheap Auto employee has quit and taken a new job with a rival firm after an investigation into footage of him confronting an alleged thief (pictured) went viral

His departure came not long after Daily Mail Australia revealed he had been bombarded with job offers and was ‘struggling’ with his newfound fame.

‘I can confirm that the team member involved in the incident has decided to leave the business,’ a Supercheap Auto spokesman said in a statement. 

‘We are continuing to offer support for the team member.’ 

The statement said a ‘comprehensive review’ had been conducted into the incident – which occurred in April. It’s understood the incident was reported to Queensland Police. 

Supercheap Auto reiterated the company’s policy that staff should not confront suspected shoplifters.

‘These policies and standards, which prohibit confronting suspected shoplifters and physical contact with customers, are designed to protect our team members and customers,’ the spokesman said. 

Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar (pictured) said the man has been ‘struggling mentally’ amid his ordeal 

‘We have extensive video surveillance in our stores and suspected cases of shoplifting are referred to the police with footage of the alleged offenders.

‘The health, safety and wellbeing of our team members and customers is our highest priority and we are committed to maintaining a safe working and shopping environment.

‘Our standards on health and safety are not just words on a page. They are central to the way we operate our business.’

The employee will be paid out in full following the incident. 

Meanwhile, staff at Supercheap Auto have been emailed by managing director Benjamin Ward reminding them about ‘the company’s policies and standards on interacting with customers’.

Michael Farrar, who owns Autobarn in nearby Burleigh Heads, said the still-unnamed Supercheap Auto worker contacted him after he publicly offered him a job. 

Mr Farrar said the worker admitted he has been ‘struggling mentally’ amid the turmoil with his employer and accidental internet fame. 

The man has been in contact with Mr Farrar after the business owner offered him a position at Autobarn in Burleigh Heads (pictured)

The man has been in contact with Mr Farrar after the business owner offered him a position at Autobarn in Burleigh Heads (pictured) 

Mr Farrar said he offered the man the position after being impressed by how he handled the situation.

He told the Gold Coast Bulletin: ‘He didn’t like how it all went down, but it’ll be all good from now on. He starts next week, next Tuesday.’

Mr Farrar said his business had lost around $15,000 worth of goods over the past two years due to thieves.

‘His actions showed to me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team,’ Mr Farrar said previously. 

Dozens of people were threating to boycott the Supercheap Autos chain over the ‘woke’ decision.

‘After watching the video it’s crazy that Supercheap have stood him down after the commitment to them he demonstrated!’ 

The footage shows the frustrated employee grabbing the pram while the woman pretends there is a baby inside

The footage shows the frustrated employee grabbing the pram while the woman pretends there is a baby inside 

How Supercheap Auto incident unfolded 

Video shows the worker stopping the woman outside Supercheap Auto in Ashmore, on the Gold Coast, after she allegedly tried to flee with items stashed in the pram.

The video posted online last month showed the woman tightly gripping her decoy pram, pretending there was a baby inside, as she bickered with the employee. 

The employee threatened to ‘call the cops’ if she didn’t return the allegedly stolen items as the woman tried to move the stroller out of his reach.

‘Let my baby go,’ she screamed as the man took hold of its handles and looked inside.

‘You haven’t even got a baby in there,’ the man calmly replied.

In footage of the altercation a large cardboard box falls from the woman's pram onto the pavement (pictured)

In footage of the altercation a large cardboard box falls from the woman’s pram onto the pavement (pictured)

‘Don’t touch my baby,’ the woman screamed again as the employee noticed a box stowed inside the pram that was covered with a blanket.

‘Oh there’s a box in there!’ the man cries in mock surprise.

The woman then seemingly gave up on her ploy and told the retail worker he could have ‘the f**king motor’.

She pushed a large cardboard box out of the pram and onto the pavement for the man to collect before finally calling him a ‘f**khead’.

A second video later posted online showed the woman barging him out of the way and storming off down the carpark, away from the automotive supplies store.

Queensland Police said detectives were unaware of any complaints made about the incident. The alleged thief then fled.  

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