Hogs Breath Cafe's $14 lunch ends with $100 court fine

A LUNCH date with a group of friends at Hogs Breath Café ended up costing a Rockhampton man $100 on top of his $14 bill in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

Lachlan John Hoskings pleaded guilty to one count of leaving a premises without paying after he left the restaurant at 1pm on January 5, without paying for his meal and drinks.

The court heard Hoskings entered the business with two other females and two other males and paid for a number of drinks at the bar before he realised he did not have enough left to pay for the remainder.

Police prosecutor Manon Barwick said he told police he was too embarrassed to tell staff so left without paying the remainder $14 bill.

She said one person paid for their meal and drinks but the other four people left without paying.

The court heard Hoskings had since given money to an associate to pay the bill.

Defence lawyer Mitchell Jamieson said the 19-year-old chef was embarrassed he did not have enough money to pay the bill. "I'm sure you are embarrassed," Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll said.

Hoskings was fined $100 with no conviction recorded.