Jail for diner who wouldn't pay 10p more

20 April 2000
Jail for diner who wouldn't pay 10p more

A diner who held up a restaurant employee at gunpoint after he was charged 10p extra for mayonnaise was branded a "menace to society" and jailed for three-and-a-half years.

David Amey, 19, was told to leave Roosters in Epsom, Surrey, after an argument over his bill, but minutes later he stormed back wearing a hood and brandishing an imitation pistol.

Guildford Crown Court heard last week that Amey left a member of staff fearing for his life as he pointed the handgun to his head. The incident was captured on a security camera.

Sentencing Amey to 43 months in a young offenders institute, Judge Giles Forrester said: "Your victim believed the gun was real. He was extremely frightened and truly believed that you were going to shoot him. And all this because he had previously asked you to leave."

Amey's barrister confirmed that it was no typing error when he read from a report that Amey was spending more than £2,000 on drugs each day.

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