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

Restaurant workers at a busy Chinese eatery have struggled with a diner that reportedly ran away after refusing to pay his bill worth hundreds of dollars.

Dramatic video captured the moment when fed up waiters at the Chinatown restaurant on Gouger Street in Adelaide, around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, ran up to the man in a yellow hoodie and put him in a headlock.

Three men and a woman can be seen struggling with dinner outside the restaurant, while a voice yells “stop it.”

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

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

The 33-year-old man was charged with theft and is due to appear in court later this month.

Social media commentators largely praised the workers for holding out, while others criticized them for arresting the daring citizen.

“Small family business – they would work day and night to stay in business and feed their families,” one commented.

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“Employees should have every right to stop the man from getting away before he pays for his meal.”

Another wrote: ‘Well done to these workers’.

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

“I hope the workers are also charged,” one commenter wrote.

Another added: ‘Just have to call the police and send the footage. This could easily escalate into a fight or a stabbing, for what, $100 worth of food?’

A third wrote: ‘Difficult 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 when fed-up waiters at Chinatown restaurant, in Adelaide's Gouger St, jumped on the man in a yellow hoodie at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed him in a headlock.

Dramatic video captured the moment when fed-up waiters at Chinatown restaurant, in Adelaide’s Gouger St, jumped on the man in a yellow hoodie at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed him in a headlock.

Is it legal to do a citizen’s arrest?

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

But 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).

In the case of tolerable force, the person making the arrest may not use more force than is necessary and reasonable to detain the suspect.

It’s OVER for Supercheap Auto Employee: Loyal Employee Who Tried to Stop a ‘Thief Who Hid Stolen Goods in a Stroller’ Leaves Company – After ‘Struggle’ With Viral Video Fame…and He Already Has a New Job

Cameron Carpenter and Tita Smith for Daily Mail Australia

A Supercheap Auto employee has quit and joined a rival after a video of him confronting a woman who allegedly used an empty stroller to steal from his shop went viral.

The employee was withdrawn from his position at the Gold Coast retailer after the auto parts franchise conducted an investigation into the incident.

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

In the video, the woman was stopped about the contents of her stroller – where she apparently hid three stolen items.

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

A Supercheap Auto employee has resigned and taken on a new job at a rival company after an investigation into footage of him confronting an alleged thief (pictured) went viral

A Supercheap Auto employee has resigned and taken on a new job at a rival company 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 openings and ‘struggled’ with his newfound fame.

“I can confirm that the team member involved in the incident has decided to leave the company,” a Supercheap Auto spokesperson said in a statement.

“We will continue to provide support to the team member.”

The statement said a “comprehensive investigation” had been conducted into the incident – which took place in April. It is understood that the incident has been reported to the Queensland Police.

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

“This policy and standards, which prohibit confrontation with suspected shoplifters and physical contact with customers, are designed to protect our team members and customers,” the spokesperson said.

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Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar (pictured) said the man ‘struggled mentally’ during his ordeal

“We have extensive video surveillance in our stores and suspicions of shoplifting are being referred to the police with images of the suspected perpetrators.

“The health, safety and well-being of our team members and customers is our top priority and we are committed to a safe work and retail environment.

“Our health and safety standards are not just words on a page. They are central to the way we run our business.”

The employee will be paid in full after the incident.

Meanwhile, Supercheap Auto employees have received an email from CEO Benjamin Ward reminding them of “the company’s policies and standards for dealing with customers.”

Michael Farrar, owner of Autobarn in nearby Burleigh Heads, said the still-unnamed Supercheap Auto employee contacted him after publicly offering him a job.

Mr Farrar said the employee admitted he was “mentally struggling” amid the turmoil with his employer and accidental internet fame.

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

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

Mr Farrar said he offered the man the position after being impressed with the way he handled the situation.

He told the Gold Coast Bulletin: “He didn’t like how things were going, but from now on everything will be fine. He starts next week, next Tuesday.’

Mr Farrar said his company had lost about $15,000 worth of goods to thieves in the past two years.

“His actions showed me that he is a loyal person and someone we would love to have on our team,” Mr Farrar said earlier.

Dozens of people threatened to boycott the Supercheap Autos chain over the ‘awakened’ decision.

“After watching the video, it’s bizarre that Supercheap dropped him after his dedication to them he showed!”

The footage shows the frustrated employee grabbing the pram while the woman pretends to have a baby in it

The footage shows the frustrated employee grabbing the pram while the woman pretends to have a baby in it

How the Supercheap Auto Incident Unfolded

Video shows the employee stopping the woman at Supercheap Auto in Ashmore, on the Gold Coast, after she allegedly tried to flee with items hidden in the stroller.

The video posted online last month showed the woman holding her decoy truck tightly, pretending to have a baby in it, while bickering with the employee.

The employee threatened to “call the police” if she did not return the allegedly stolen items while the woman tried to move the pram out of his reach.

“Let my baby go,” she yelled as the man grabbed the handles and looked inside.

“You don’t even have a baby there,” the man replied calmly.

Footage of the altercation shows a large cardboard box falling from the woman's pram onto the sidewalk (photo)

Footage of the altercation shows a large cardboard box falling from the woman’s pram onto the sidewalk (photo)

“Don’t touch my baby,” the woman yelled again when the attendant noticed a box stored in the stroller and covered with a blanket.

“Oh, there’s a box in that!” the man cries in mock surprise.

The woman then seemingly gave up on her trick and told the store clerk he could have “the f**king engine.”

She pushed a large cardboard box out of the pram and onto the sidewalk for the man to pick it up before finally calling him a “f**khead.”

A second video later posted online showed the woman pushing him aside and storming out of the parking lot, away from the auto supply store.

Queensland Police said detectives were not aware of any complaints about the incident. The alleged thief then fled.

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