"Fake" millionaire fools staff before disappearing act
BEMUSED staff at a Cheltenham shop were left scratching their heads after a man claiming to be a millionaire placed a £6,000 order – and then ran off.
Workers at Cheltenham Kitchener, in Montpellier, were happy to oblige when the man, in his late 30s, strolled in and announced he had scooped £54 million in the Euro draw.
He proceeded to lead them a merry dance around the shop, pointing out a list of items he needed for his newly-purchased "country retreat".
But, just as he was about to pay, he claimed he needed to pop outside – and then promptly disappeared.
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Ed Crownshaw, who runs the family business, said: "It's a bit disappointing when you consider the amount of time we spent packaging things up.
"We took him at his word and it wasn't apparent at the outset he was some sort of fantasist."