A landlord has said those who steal glasses are not welcome at his pub amid a surge of them going missing. Ian Jubbs, landlord of The Victoria in the Bailgate area of Lincoln, said he is losing money every day as more glasses are disappearing from the premises.
He counted three ashtrays, 13 half-pint Madri glasses, eight full-pint Madri glasses, 10 shot glasses, 13 gin glasses, six wine glasses, 10 prosecco glasses, six Erdinger glasses and various others as going missing from the pub. Mr Jubbs, 62, took on the pub in May alongside running The Treaty of Commerce.
He said: “I can’t believe the thieving that goes on. I restocked all the glasses when I went in there.
“People do not realise we have to buy them. If they are branded glasses like Fosters or Carling then you can sometimes get hold of the reps, but they are getting harder to get hold of.
“This morning I bought £10 worth of shot glasses. People have even been stealing ashtrays and air fresheners.”
He said people can often be aggressive if asked for the pint glasses back. He said: “I saw two lads walking out with two pints and I asked for them back.
“The abuse I got from them. They were big lads so I wasn’t going to challenge them too much.
“People feel that a pub is a place that you can nick from.” Mr Jubbs urged his customers not to take from his pub, and instead just ask for the glass.
He said: “Please don’t steal. Most pubs will let you take one if you donate to their charity box.”
Bar manager Marc Flemington, 48, said: “People just like the glasses and think they can take them. I think a lot of it is from during lockdowns when people were building bars in their garages.
“It’s not nice, because you want to be able to serve the right pint in the right glass.” Mr Flemington suspects the reason for so many people taking glasses from The Victoria is because it has two exits, rather than one, as well as a popular beer garden.
He added: “Iain brought all the beer prices down when he took the pub over. He’s been good to the customers, so why can’t they be good to him?
“As Iain said, they are not welcome here. If you are caught you will be barred, and if you refuse we will call the police.”
The Victoria is going to close on September 5 whilst it has a £150,000 renovation. Mr Jubbs said it will modernise the place, while keeping it as a pub, not a bar.