Bartenders urged not to serve ‘whisky thief’ in illustrated warning

Bartenders have been urged against serving a “whisky thief” with a “distinctive red scar on his neck”, whose likeness has been depicted in an illustrated warning

Screenshot of the illustrated warning
The alleged crook had apparently “bolted for the door”

An alleged ‘whisky thief’ is said to be on the loose in Brighton and Hove, and one pub worker has attempted to warn others with a hand-illustrated note.

The suspect reportedly recently paid a visit to Hove Place, a bistro pub in Hove, but won’t be welcomed back anytime soon, having allegedly “tapped his card and bolted for the door.”

Not wanting to let the crafty punter get away with it, a bartender wrote a note urging others not to serve him, sharing it among members of a local bartenders’ Facebook group.

In his post, the peeved employee gave a vivid description of the alleged thief, who he says has “dark grey hair, stubble, grey t-shirt”, as well as a “distinctive red scar on his neck.”

He has also put together an accompanying illustration, which some say makes the alleged crook look rather like an “onion.”

The thief is said to have “dark grey hair, stubble, grey t-shirt”



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Sharing a screengrab of the message on Reddit, one amused user – who goes by the username u/Dimitao – had plenty of fun with PhotoShop, editing the suspect’s likeness into a police line-up and, of course, a bar scene.

Fellow Reddit users have shared their own thoughts on who exactly the mystery man may be, with one woman joking it was the “spitting description” of her husband, who also drinks around Hove.

Another sagely advised: “Never trust an old half-sucked lozenge you find under the couch.”

The Mirror has reached out to Hove Place for comment.

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