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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

Video: Tip jar swiped in Dublin coffee shop

The video taken yesterday appears to show a man putting the tip jar in a black bag before walking out.

(Credit: Karl Purdy)

BRAZEN AS YOU like. This CCTV video posted by a Dublin coffee shop appears to show a man picking up the tip jar from the counter and walking out.

In the video taken yesterday afternoon in Coffee Angel on South Anne Street, a man in front of the counter, who appears to be on the phone, keeps a close eye on an occupied member of staff before putting the jar in an open black sports bag. He then zips up the bag and leaves the store.

Speaking to store manager Kevin Purdy says that the missing tip jar was noticed about a half an hour later when staff contacted him to check the CCTV footage:

He’s there a good 60 seconds before the video and he was standing in the queue for about for about a minute so it’s clear he knew what he was doing.

The video has started to get a lot of attention with other local businesses suggesting that this is not a once off problem.  Dublin Burrito bar ‘Burritos and Blues’ tweeted that it had also been hit by tip jar thieves and says that other business have had the same problem.

Purdy says that there is never much money in the tip jar but that it’s a nice way for customers to show their appreciation and staff were upset by the incident.

Purdy hadn’t intended to notify Gardaí about the incident but did so because of the response he got to the video.  Gardaí have requested the video as they may recognise the man but Purdy also hopes that maybe the man in question will see the video and think twice about doing it again.

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