CCTV shows man taking tip jar from Adelaide cafe 

CCTV shows man taking tip jar from Adelaide cafe


Customer is caught on CCTV stealing more than $200 from a cafe’s tip jar – money staff were saving up to fund their Christmas party

  • Local café appealing for help after their tip jar was stolen by a man on Tuesday
  • CCTV footage from Public Café in Adelaide’s CBD shows man taking tip jar 
  • Cafe’s manager told Daily Mail Australia they were using money for Xmas party 










A brazen thief has stolen $200 from a small café’s tip jar and run, devastating staff who were saving up to fund their Christmas party.

Public Café in Adelaide’s CBD caught the customer on camera pulling the jar into his bag before rushing out the door.

‘There was at least a couple of hundred dollars in the jar, there was a lot of gold coins,’ the cafe’s manager Stuart told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It was going to go towards our Christmas party.’

Staff at Public Cafe in Adelaide's CBD were left devastated on Tuesday after a customer was caught on camera pulling the jar into his bag before rushing out the door

Staff at Public Cafe in Adelaide’s CBD were left devastated on Tuesday after a customer was caught on camera pulling the jar into his bag before rushing out the door

The man can be seen putting the tip jar into his black shopping bag after ordering a coffee and distracting the cafe's barista

The man can be seen putting the tip jar into his black shopping bag after ordering a coffee and distracting the cafe’s barista

The man walked in to the café on Franklin Street in the heart of the CBD about 1.15pm on Tuesday and ordered a coffee.

‘I was in the office, it was a pretty quiet time, there wasn’t really anyone in at the time,’ Stuart said. 

While the barista was serving the customer, he can be seen on CCTV looking around the near-empty café before he grabs the jar off the counter, drops it into a small black bag, and hustles out.

‘He literally looks and goes ‘you know what I can do it’ and dashed off,’ Public Cafe’s manager said.

‘He bought a coffee and never came back. He got a lot more than he would’ve paid.’

'He literally looks and goes 'you know what I can do it' and dashed off,' Public Cafe's manager told Daily Mail Australia

‘He literally looks and goes ‘you know what I can do it’ and dashed off,’ Public Cafe’s manager told Daily Mail Australia

The man is wearing glasses and a mask, making it more difficult to identify him

The man is wearing glasses and a mask, making it more difficult to identify him

Stuart said there was at least $200 in the jar for the 20 staff, money they were saving to put towards the team’s Christmas celebration.

The cafe confirmed they have notified police of the incident but he’s yet to be located. 

The man is wearing glasses and a mask, making it more difficult to identify him. 

The CCTV footage has been shared across social media with people asking the public for help identifying the thief.

‘What a low life!’ one person replied to the video.

‘Scumbag of the week,’ another wrote.

Another person suggested the man could be easily found if he’d checked in before entering the café.

‘Wonder if he checked in? Can they cross reference CCTV and QR code’s?’ the man wrote.    

The man walked in to the cafe on Franklin Street in the heart of the city's CBD at about 1:15pm on Tuesday before stealing the tip jar

The man walked in to the cafe on Franklin Street in the heart of the city’s CBD at about 1:15pm on Tuesday before stealing the tip jar





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