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Sunday, 31 May 2015

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Staff and diners were left disgusted when a man eating at a restaurant blatantly refused to use his knife and fork and ate with his fingers.

The 52-year-old was eating a margherita pizza at Zizzi's restaurant in Didsbury, Manchester at 1pm today.

It is understood a knife and fork were on the table, but he did not use them, instead using his hands to eat and spilling the pizza all over himself and the floor.

Staff and diners looked on disgusted as police were called and found the man eating the pizza with his hands as it was spilling on the floor of the Wilmslow Road restaurant.

When he refused to use the cutlery, he was arrested under Section 5 of the Appropriate Restaurant Behaviour Act.

He was taken to Didsbury Police Station where he was charged with failing to use a knife and fork in a public restaurant. He will appear before Manchester Crown Court to be sentenced next month.

One restaurant customer said: "The man was absolutely disgusting, he ate like a pig and didn't use a knife and fork. Some people have the standards of a sloth."

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said: "At about 1pm earlier today, police were called to a restaurant on Wilmslow Road in Didsbury to reports a man was not using his knife and fork.

"When officers attended a 52-year-old man was eating a margherita pizza in the restaurant and he was not using the provided cutlery. Officers tried to negotiate with him to use the cutlery, however he refused and so we had no choice but to arrest him.

"He was charged and a date has been set for his appearance at Manchester Crown Court to answer the charge."

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