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Restaurant owner: My customers steal 30,000 napkins a month

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Jamie Oliver’s restaurants in UK are not just popular for their relaxed surroundings and honest Italian cooking. It seems many of his customers go there for the souvenirs as well.

The celebrity chef has complained he loses 30,000 customised linen napkins every month to light-fingered diners. And after a spate of thefts from the restaurant loos, he has even had to weld on the expensive bathroom fittings.

The 37-year-old told Radio Times: “I have noticed things in this recession. Like people nicking the linen napkins from our restaurants. We now lose about 30,000 a month. And there’s another thing: every restaurant of mine has the old-fashioned Thomas Crapper toilets because I’ve always thought they look wicked. But they’re really expensive and we’ve had to have the handles and flushers welded on because people were unscrewing them and nicking them.”

“Honestly, some people were coming out for a meal and going home with half a toilet. Bonkers!” he said.

Since its launch in 2008, Jamie’s Italian has grown to 30 branches and been praised for its reasonably priced food, according to Daily Mail.

Customers who want to recreate the look at home can buy a pack of four blue-and-white napkins – embroidered with the words Jamie’s Italian – for £8.

But the same cloths – apparently stolen – can be bought on eBay for £7.49.

HOwever, Mr Oliver’s spokesman said the chef exaggerated when he said 30,000 napkins went missing every day. He said: “Although we do lose a fair few napkins, it is not near that number. People mostly want them as souvenirs.”

“There is not much we can do about people selling them on eBay,” he added.

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