Man 'banned from Wetherspoons' after his TikTok followers order him £2,000 worth of food and drink

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Tom Birchy's TikTok prank at a Wethespoon's pub backfired. (SNWS)
Tom Birchy's TikTok prank at a Wetherspoons pub backfired. (SNWS)

A man claims his girlfriend dumped him and a Wetherspoons pub banned him after his social media followers bombarded the chain with £2,000 worth of food and drink orders.

Tom Birchy, 23, had told his TikTok followers to place orders remotely at The Golden Beam in Headingley, Leeds, which included prosecco and steak.

But the prank went wrong when he tried to claim the food and drink.

He said staff told him they couldn’t honour the orders as those placing them weren’t in the pub at the time.

An angry Birchy then went on a foul-mouthed rant where he said he and his followers had been “robbed” and “scammed" after he was left with just “one f*****g pint”.

When the pub’s workforce said it would be “unfair” on them to prepare the feast as they were busy, he shouted, “f*****g get more staff”.

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Birchy claimed in later videos he had been barred from The Golden Beam and that his girlfriend had also dumped him over the incident.

During the video, Birchy - who dubs himself the “King of Leeds” - said: “I asked people to buy me drinks, and so they did, and some nice food, some fried eggs included.

“[But] they tell us that no longer will the drinks that you lot have paid for are gonna be delivered because you’re not in the pub, apparently that’s in their terms and conditions.

“Now you lot have been robbed. You’ve bought me things that you can’t have.”

He was also temporarily banned from TikTok before the social media giant re-instated his profile, where he has more than 200,000 followers.

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PAIGNTON, DEVON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/08/10: A Wetherspoon pub and restaurant logo seen on the high street in Devon. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Tom Birchy claimed he was banned from the Wetherspoons pub. (Getty)

A spokesperson for Wetherspoons said the pub was overwhelmed by orders to his table, including a large number of alcoholic drinks.

They added: "This slows down service for the pub’s customers.

"It is also contrary to the company’s responsible drinking policy, which is designed to promote the statutory licensing objectives, an important part of the pub licensing system.

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“As a matter of common sense, it is undesirable for customers to build up a large number of drinks on their table at any one time.

“The customer was informed that there was too much alcohol being ordered to his table and the pub would not fulfil any other orders.

"We understand at this stage, he asked his followers to send drinks to other tables."

The pub chain said that while refunds couldn't be processed on the day, it was working through them as quickly as it could.

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