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Diners Stealing 30,000 Napkins from Jamie Oliver a Month

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Culinary Savior Jamie Oliver told British TV news source Radio Times that his chain of Jamie's Italian restaurants — which has expanded to about 30 locations worldwide — loses 30,000 napkins per month to klepto diners. These trademark white and blue checkered napkins — that say "Jamie's Italian" on them — can be purchased in packs of four for eight Euros in the restaurants, but they get stolen anyway. And people who snatch the things have apparently been bragging about the acts, reports the Daily Mail.

It's actually not as bad as 30,000, a spokesman later clarified, but it doesn't stop at napkins: Oliver had installed fancy Thomas Crapper toilets at the restaurants, but since folks had been unscrewing the handles and taking them home with them, the restaurants have had to weld on any parts that could potentially be stolen. "Some people were coming out for a meal and going home with half a toilet," said the chef.

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