A woman from Cardiff, who worked for the restaurant chain Wahaca, has said she was left in tears after being asked to cover the bill for customers who had left without paying.
Sophia Homnayoonfar was newly employed at the Cardiff restaurant and working alone for the first time when two customers left without paying. A manager then told Sophia she would have to cover the £40 bill herself.
''I was told sternly I had to pay the bill and I had to pay it that night.'' Sophia said.
''I didn't have the cash so I was told that I had to go to the cash point and withdraw the money.''
Wahaca's policy of charging staff when customers ''eat and run'' came to light when a similar incident occurred in London. A post on Twitter shedding light on the practice attracted thousands of comments.
Sophia said she asked to have the bill discounted but her request was refused, and she was left struggling financially.
''I was extremely upset considering I hadn't had any pay in two months.'' she said.
''I had debts building up. The manager was made aware of this but it didn't seem like it was very important to her.''
It is thought that the practice is commonplace in the restaurant industry and according to an employment lawyer, is perfectly legal.
Wahaca has since changed their policy, apologising that the policy ''has not been clear enough'' for staff.
The chain's co-founder Mark Selby said he was ''horrified to hear what had happened'' to Sophia, and promised to repay the money.