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Essendon dinner 'prank' victim tells of Facebook apology

Posted by: Matt Cram | 14 November, 2013 - 7:38 AM
Ashley told 3AW Breakfast of the pair's concocted identity and a Facebook apology.

One of the women from whom two Essendon players attempted to scam a free meal described their behaviour as 'dumb'.

Ashley also told 3AW Breakfast of the pair's concocted identity and a Facebook apology.

This morning's interview came after the Rumour File revealed the two Bombers left Albert Park restaurant Basilico without paying, telling staff two women they had been speaking to would pay the bill for them.

"They shuffled around and pretended they were going to be ordering desert," Ashley told Ross and John of the players' approach. "And (they) ended up staying and moving their table next to ours."

"They first introduced themselves as Sonny and Harvey.

"One said he was studying to be a vet - he sought of chuckled through that. And the other one said he was a construction worker.

"The wait staff came up and said 'did you transfer those boys' bill onto yours?', and we said 'absolutely not'."

Ashley said the women and restaurant staff were shocked.

"Obviously they did it to try to be a bit cheeky and obviously thought it was hilarious," she said.

"If it was a joke on us they probably should have told the restaurant - the staff were pretty shocked by it as well."

She said a player later sent the women a Facebook message, saying 'I hope you girls didn't get in too much trouble, it was just a prank on you'.

"I think it was just a bit dumb," Ashley said. "I don't know what they were thinking."

Ross offered Ashley a Pancake Parlour voucher: "I might forward that to Essendon," she said. "Maybe they need a free meal."

Basilico did not charge the women for the meals.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson later told Sports Today the players have now paid the bill.

"The boys go to that restaurant quite often and they knew the owner," he said.

Essendon has earlier dismissed the incident as a "silly but harmless" prank.

-with Fenella Wagener

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  • They do a lovely Peptide salad there.

    Jason Thursday 14 November, 2013 - 5:14 PM
  • it's about time they grew up and started acting their age !!...are they kids or adults. Sheer arrogance !!

    tb Thursday 14 November, 2013 - 5:02 PM
  • When will some of these idiots start growing up?

    Steve Thursday 14 November, 2013 - 4:26 PM
  • News for Mark Thompson if you drive off without paying for petrol it's theft. If you leave a restaurant without paying it's theft. Essendon employee's seem as badly behaved as St Kilda.

    Sue Thursday 14 November, 2013 - 3:03 PM
  • Rita?Rita? You say this worse than what the Catholic Church has done,???? Get a life "MORON".

    ian Thursday 14 November, 2013 - 12:52 PM
  • If you or I conducted ourselves in a similar manner, the police would have been called. Why not this time, I for one are weary of one rule for them and one rule for us but having said that we would have better sense not to do such a silly childish thing. Little boys with too much time on there hands and too much money

    Noel Goodear Thursday 14 November, 2013 - 11:16 AM

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