Football club left red-faced after failing to pay £5 photocopying bill

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough FC left red-faced after failing to pay bill Middlesbrough FC left red-faced after failing to pay bill

A NORTH-East football club has been left red-faced after photocopying match plans at a Doncaster library before leaving without paying the £5 bill.

The embarrassing incident happened last Saturday when Middlesbrough were due to play Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It resulted in community library volunteer Mike Collinson heading to the team hotel to speak to Aitor Karanka to try to get the cash out of the club.

The 67-year-old volunteer at Warmsworth Community Library was surprised when two representatives from Middlesbrough Football Club asked to use the library printer.

And he was left even more shocked when they left without settling the bill.

He said: "These two gentlemen came in with a memory stick wanting to print a couple of documents off so I told them it was 50p a copy.

"Because it was only a couple of documents I said I would let them off with the charge but it turned out they were printing out game plans - I told them that they would have to pay because they had printed out so many.”

The two men told Mr Collinson that they only had a credit card to pay with, but the library only accepts cash. The staff agreed to come back and pay the £5 but failed to return.

Mr Collinson complained to the club and received an email complete with a letter of apology from head coach Aitor Karanka - and an invite to to any of Middlesbrough's remaining home fixtures this season as his personal guest.

But Mr Collinson was surprised to find no mention of the money owed to his library.

A club spokesman apologised and added: "A member of staff will go to the library to pay the £5."

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