Jamie Oliver Says Napkin Theft Is On The Rise In His Restaurants

Jamie Oliver: Stop Stealing My Toilet Handles
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver speaks to an audience about responsible eating during an engagement at the Wheeler Centre on March 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The Government and the Good Foundation will pledge together over AUD5 million to bring Oliver's Ministry of Food to the state to help teach cooking techniques and nutrition to participants and help combat obesity as part of the Victorian Helathy Eating Enterprise. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver speaks to an audience about responsible eating during an engagement at the Wheeler Centre on March 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The Government and the Good Foundation will pledge together over AUD5 million to bring Oliver's Ministry of Food to the state to help teach cooking techniques and nutrition to participants and help combat obesity as part of the Victorian Helathy Eating Enterprise. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Jamie Oliver says 30,000 napkins per month depart his restaurants in diner's pockets and handbags. But they're far from the weirdest things people steal from the celebrity chef's restaurants. That honor goes to toilet handles, believe it or not.

Oliver told the Radio Times:

Every restaurant of mine has the old-fashioned Thomas Crapper toilets because I've always thought they look wicked. But they're really expensive and we've had to have the handles and flushers welded on because people were unscrewing them and nicking them. Honestly, some people were coming out for a meal and going home with half a toilet. Bonkers!

The chef attributes this uptick in strange thefts to simple economic hardship during a time of recession. Maybe these diners think the price of their meal entitles them to a little more than dinner. The specific napkins in question, blue and white cotton numbers from Jamie's Italian, can be purchased at the restaurant in packs of four for £8. But that doesn't seem to keep diners from occasionally selling them on eBay individually for up to £7.49 a piece.

Oliver's publicist later clarified, saying that while they do see frequent napkin theft, Jamie may have been exaggerating the number a bit.

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