Man fined $500 for stealing Lightbox apron

A MAN hell-bent on embarrassing his girlfriend succeeded, and landed himself in Gladstone Magistrates Court to boot.

Brian Ian Aldis was dining at Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar on February 2 when his intoxication took over.

Aldis noticed a rack of staff aprons hanging near the restroom entrance, and for reasons unclear he grabbed one and left the bathroom with it rolled up and tucked under his arm.

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The 31-year-old scaffolder then refused to give it back to staff, prompting a call to the police.

Patrons left the establishment as a result of the argument that ensued.

When police questioned him, Aldis admitted he was only "showing off" and that Lightbox "should not have aprons displayed if they didn't want people to take them".

Magistrate Penelope Hay yesterday issued a $500 fine to the defendant, telling him he was "old enough to know better".



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