6 Sep, 2019 @ 14:33
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WATCH: Alleged trickster caught conning Costa Blanca bar with €50 note trick

AN alleged conman has been caught tricking a Costa Blanca bar with the ‘bait and switch’ method.

CCTV at the Artesano cafe and juice bar in Moraira captures the sleight-of-hand in full.

The video shows an unidentified man paying for two soft drinks worth €6 using a €50 note.

The man offers an extra €1 in return for €45 change in notes.

While the busy bar tender is at the till, the alleged con-artist pockets the €50 and asks where to buy cigarettes.

The man later shows an empty wallet, confident he’s already handed over the €50.

He leaves with his €45 change and exits in the opposite direction to the tobacco shop.

“I was so busy I couldn’t remember taking the 50 euros from him,” Ismael Harrak, co-owner of Artesano, told the Olive Press.

“Something didn’t feel right when I handed over the change.

“But it was only when we checked CCTV we realised what happened.”

The bar has yet to make a denuncia to Guardia Civil in Teulada-Moraira.

Teulada-Moraira Town Hall declined to a request for comment.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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