‘They didn’t show up and then canceled their card’ – owner of afternoon tea group stunner

A group of customers failed to show up for afternoon tea at a small independent cafe – then VOID their credit card so the business owner had no way of recouping the £100 cost of the wasted food. Cocoa Cabana is an award winning chocolate shop with cafes in West Didsbury and Ancoats.

When someone books an afternoon tea on site, rather than taking a deposit, the owners take the credit card details to secure the booking. This is only charged if a party does not honor their booking or cancels within a reasonable time.

But the group of four failed to show up for a chocolate afternoon tea reservation at the Burton Road cafe in West Didsbury on July 14. They then ignored phone calls from cafe staff who were awaiting their arrival with the spread of cakes and sandwiches.

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The food ended up in the trash that night. But when the owner sought to recover the money from the credit card left with the reservation, she discovered that the cheeky individual had canceled it.

Award-winning afternoon tea ended up in the trash(Image: Cacao Cabane)

Afternoon chocolate teas, priced at £25, must be booked in advance as they are made specially to order. They include layers of homemade chocolate cakes, pastries and scones as well as a range of savory dishes.

Sharing the incident on social media, Cocoa Cabana boss Sarah Gallacher wrote: “We had booked a table of 4 for today, we only have 3 tables. We made their afternoon teas which we then had to throw away.

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