Scam Alert for Restaurants

Scam Alert for Restaurants

These come along every once in a while, I don’t know why my email is on the scammer list, perhaps because it has the word bar in it…who knows. The premise is simple, someone contacts a business and expresses a wish for a big sale, something that you wouldn’t easily turn down and might distract you from looking too closely at the details. In this case, someone called “Adams Tommy” (email address adamstommy25@hotmail.com ) has sent me the following email: My name is Adams Tommy,i am hearing impaired and deaf and I have a wedding coming up on the 27th of June,I should have Visit your shop or call in person but presently am receiving treatment for my hearing impaired of which I will undergo surgery in some days time,i will like to order for 100 grilled chicken and salad,and it will be picked up by a private carrier agent by 2 pm on that date and i will be making the full payment of my order now upfront with my credit card now,so i want you to go ahead now and calculate the total cost for me now plus the tax. Thanks To me, clearly a scam.. but these people continue to send them to everyone and anyone they reckon might be worth the effort.. if 1000 people click delete and 1 person carries out the instructions that will follow… they’ve won. The concept of the scam is usually that you agree to receive payment, except the credit card isn’t working for some reason, they tend to be “on holiday at the moment” or in this case, in...

Minimum Pricing – Yay or Nay?

Taken at face value, I completely agree with Jim Wells. Taken at face value, I completely agree with Jim Wells…sorry, I had to write that again to make sure it wasn’t an autocorrect. Minimum pricing for alcohol is a sensible idea, I have long agreed that the off-sales industry with specific reference to supermarkets are the root of the problems faced in society by alcohol. Unfortunately, minimum pricing is against the law. When a bad news story such as Joby Murphy or the Hardwell concert at the Odyssey Arena break, alcohol is mentioned negatively and when this happens people think of pubs, bars, nightclubs…because we are in the business of alcohol. In both of those cases Colin Neill, CEO of Pubs of Ulster is quick to come out and enact damage limitation, which in some ways is the responsible thing to do; why though is it not a representative of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium having to defend the practice of its industry? According to the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety NI survey, “Adult Drinking Patterns Survey NI 2013” 81% of alcohol was consumed not in a licensed premises (Own home, Someone else’s home). Is this because pubs are boring…I’m inclined (and obligated) to say no, it’s because of the price as much as anything else. JD Wetherspoons, that infamous purveyor of cut-price booze was slaughtered in certain sections of the press a couple of years ago for having a January sale where some pints of lager were as cheap as 99p. Their 2013 January sale went as low as £1.49 for a bottle of becks,...