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Edinburgh restaurant slams customers for stealing animal ornaments on display in furious Facebook posts – and says they should be ‘ashamed’ for taking money from a small business

An award winning Gastropub hit out at thieves who stole multiple ornaments 
The Edinburgh establishment posted on social media about repeated incidents
They claim they have to replace five £20 fox and owl ornaments per week

By Jessica Summers For Mailonline
Published: 08:42 GMT, 6 February 2022 | Updated: 08:45 GMT, 6 February 2022

An Edinburgh restaurant has slammed customers for stealing animal ornaments on display, saying it is hurting a ‘small business’ already struggling amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Staff at Woodland Creatures, in Leith, which has fox and owl figurines on show, took to Facebook to call out the thieves, saying roughly five £5 ornaments go missing each week.
Staff at the restaurant, which has won Best Gastro Pub in South East Scotland, said those responsible should be ‘ashamed’ of themselves and called for an end to the stealing.  

An Edinburgh restaurant has slammed customers for stealing animal ornaments (pictured) on display, saying it is hurting a ‘small business’ already struggling amid the Covid-19 pandemic 

Staff at Woodland Creatures, in Leith, which has fox and owl figurines on show, took to Facebook to call out the thieves, saying roughly five £5 ornaments go missing each week

reads: ‘Right. We’ve had a few laughs about these little guys going missing, but this time we are serious.
‘You are stealing from a small business, who has struggled through COVID with closures, curfews, capacity limits and capitulation.
‘You should be ashamed of yourselves. We are having to replace up to 5 of these a week, which is beginning to add up as a significant cost to our little business.
‘We know they are cute. That’s why we bought them. You can buy them too: instead of deliberately damaging a locally owned and run business; give Jeff Bezos some money instead.’ 

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It comes after two previous warnings to customers to stop stealing ornaments back in September and November of 2021. 

The restaurant included an Amazon link to purchase the clay animals in their post which implored customers to buy their own rather than stealing them

The establishment repeatedly asked customers to refrain from stealing the ornaments and tried to keep the mood light before getting ‘serious’

One post read: ‘We have looked at CCTV and know who took them’, prompting supportive customers to call the restaurant to ‘shame’ the perpetrators. 

s were met with sympathy by outraged Facebook users, who called for the restaurant to name and shame the culprits.  
One person said: ‘I would spread there face(s) all over Facebook and shame them. Bloody terrible.’
While another wrote: ‘Stick their pics on here.’
A third person touched on how upsetting the situation was for the business, saying: ‘So sad that people think it’s funny to steal cute foxes when they r drunk [sic]. 

‘You enjoy going there. Just put them back or buy your own. Do we still have to nail things down in this day and age? Honestly folks.’

Customers came out to show their support for the restaurant and implored the thieves to bring back the stolen items

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