It was the drinks
English visitor charged with theft blames drunkenness
As a result of having too much to drink, English visitor, Adam Michael Christopher Thomas Garrett, ended up before the courts today for stealing a tip jar belonging to Sharkey’s Tropical Café.
Garrett pleaded guilty before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court and was sternly told that there was “no excuse for drunken conduct”.
The offence was committed yesterday. The tip jar valued at $40 contained $180.60.
Garrett was first ordered to repay the café the $220.60. Additionally, he was given a $750 forthwith fine which carried an alternative of six months in prison.
“It went horribly wrong. I drank too much,” the guest admitted.
That excuse did not sit well with Seale though.
“Being drunk is not an excuse. If you can’t hold your liquor, you will suffer the consequences,” he told Garrett before handing down the fines.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill, Garrett entered the café around 6 p.m. in the company of two women. He went to the bar and ordered some drinks. Around 8 p.m., he called for one more round of drinks and asked for the bill.
After being given a bill for $150, Garrett paid and then exited the café.
Shortly after, the bartender noticed the tip container was missing and asked the waitresses if they had seen it, to which they replied they had not.
A look at the video surveillance showed Garrett had placed a broad-brimmed hat over the jar and dragged it into a handbag in his lap.
The matter was reported to the police and Garrett was apprehended as he tried to hide in the hotel’s bathroom. Following the conduct of investigations, he was subsequently charged.
Both fines were paid.