A new survey suggests 17 million Brits have stolen tableware from pubs, bars and restaurants, at a total cost to the industry of £186 million


The favourite items to steal include glasses, cups, napkins and cutlery and a whopping 3 million people admit that every item of crockery, glassware and cutlery in their home is stolen.

A third of Brits have at least one or two stolen glasses or cups tucked away at home. 

nisbets Stolen glasswareCatering equipment supplier Nisbets commissioned the research, which quizzed Brits on their attitudes towards taking such items from bars and restaurants.

The people of Sheffield emerged as the worst area for stealing, with 17 per cent admitting to pocketing something more than once a week, meanwhile every single person surveyed in Belfast admitted they have at least one or two stolen cups/glasses in their home, along with 89 per cent of Leeds and 80 per cent of Edinburgh.

In contrast, 90 per cent of people in Bristol say they have never stolen tableware.


Nisbets Tableware theives


18-24-year-olds are the biggest offenders with more than a third (34 per cent) admitting to having done so. The 25-35-year-olds are not far behind at 31 per cent and 45-54s at 28 per cent.

Those aged 54+ are the most likely to steal condiments with 30 per cent often swiping sachets and bottles.

"Giving your customers an unforgettable experience is a double-edged sword – sometimes they're so impressed, they clearly want to take a bit of that experience home with them," said David Di Gioacchino, marketing campaign manager at Nisbets

"While it's certainly a compliment, it can quickly leave businesses understocked on the essentials, not to mention out of pocket. That's why we recommend they stock up on their most popular – and most pilfered! – items in advance. To support local establishments, we'd suggest you don't assume the cup comes with the coffee."