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Mum gate­crashes her girl’s party — to pay

- Viral · Dining Out · Recreation · City of Durham

ELLE STRONG wanted to cel­e­brate her 14th birth­day with three friends at Nando’s — but the Durham teenager had to call her mother (both pic­tured right) when staff re­fused to take her cash.

It was the last day of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and the girls had to queue for two hours out­side the chain’s Metro­cen­tre branch in Gateshead. But when they got in, staff said they would have to use an app to order and could not pay with cash.

Elle’s mother Ni­cola, 42, had given her £70 in cash to cover the meal and none of the girls had a debit card of her own.

For­tu­nately, Ni­cola had been din­ing out with rel­a­tives nearby. When she ar­rived, an em­ployee told her she could put her card de­tails into a Nando’s app, which one of Elle’s friends had on her phone. But Ni­cola pre­ferred to pay the £30 bill with her card at the till, which was al­lowed.

Ni­cola says: ‘I just thought, this is ridicu­lous.’

A Nando’s spokesman says: ‘Due to Covid-19 safety pro­ce­dures, we are op­er­at­ing an order-at-ta­ble app which only ac­cepts card pay­ments. We are sorry if this causes any con­fu­sion for cus­tomers.’

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