A FIESTY Irish restaurateur had the perfect response to a tourist who accused him of “lacking integrity” after leaving a jacket behind and flying home to Australia.
The tourist visited Eala Bhán in Sligo but accidentally left his wind breaker and glasses in the restaurant – only discovering the loss after flying home.
The Australian holidaymaker then left an angry review on TripAdvisor entitled ‘Honesty Not Delivered’.
The disgruntled man wrote: "My wife and I were visiting Sligo from Australia & Restaurant Eala Bhan was recommended to us for evening Dining.
"Based on that recommendation, we decided to dine there on the only evening we were staying in Sligo.
"The food was quite reasonable, however we were extremely disappointed to find that the operator lacked integrity.”
The man said he emailed details of his credit card to the restaurant to cover the costs of posting the items to Sydney.
"When it did not arrive within a week or so, I re-emailed twice with no response,” he added.
"My wife and I have since returned to Australia, short of one jacket and one pair of glasses. Bottom line is food might be O.K. But integrity is seriously lacking.”
However, restaurant owner Anthony Gray isn’t one to let anyone question his integrity and posted this response to the review.
Mr Gray said he had been a "tad busy" with his three children aged under 10 running around the house "like gladiators."
"People make mistakes and forget things just like you did with your possessions," he wrote.
"But to come on TripAdvisor and review me about my lack of postal skills honesty and integrity beggar’s belief considering I never laid my mince pies eyes on you!
"I mean you are butchering my name insofar as my forgetfulness yet it was your forgetfulness hat has us here!!!! POT KETTLE BLACK (Google it).”
He added: “"Finally I just checked the weather forecast in your part of sunny Australia and I reckon you will be fairly safe insofar as your lack of windbreaker.”
The Irishman confirmed he had posted the wind breaker back to Sydney and had not charged the diner for the cost of postage.
Mr Gray told The Irish Post that he had been “overwhelmed” by the response to his reply.