The owner of a curry house was allegedly punched by a run-away customer who kicked off after being refused another drink with his meal.
Imran Choudhury, 34, claims he was attacked at The Pink Pearl Restaurant on Earle St in Newton-le-Willows on Monday, August 12.
The dad-of-three, who has owned the restaurant for two years, says he refused to serve a rowdy customer another double Southern Comfort and lemonade with his meal.
He claims the man had littered his own table and surrounding tables with poppadoms, chutneys and onions and was making repeated trips to the toilets.
When the customer asked for another drink with his main meal, Imran refused to serve him - and he claims the customer reacted angrily.
Speaking to the ECHO , Imran said: "On Monday last week the guy came in for a meal on his own which we do get every now and then.
"He came in for a meal and my colleague took him to a small table where we normally put two people. He ordered a double Southern Comfort and lemonade and ordered a meal - a couple of poppadoms, two starters, a main, rice, naan and all that.
"After he had half the drink and poppadoms he started messing around making a mess - all the onions and mango was all over the table.
"He went to the toilets every five minutes and was banging things and I thought he was drunk but I wasn't sure.
"We had a couple walk in, two ladies who got married recently, they're good friends of mine. As soon as they walked in, one of them said 'keep your eye on him' because they thought he was under the influence."
Imran added: "I asked him when I was clearing the table from the starters if he was ready for the main and he said in five minutes.
"There was food on the two tables next to him as well. I said to the kitchen to get the food ready then started walking back to the restaurant and he asked me for another double Southern Comfort and lemonade.
"I said 'sir I can't do another alcoholic drink but I can do a soft drink or water'. He whacked the table and said 'you b****** - I'm leaving and I'm not paying'.
"I said he couldn't go without paying and then he pushed me down and went to run off. He put a few chairs in my way but I got up and managed to grab him near the door then he started punching me and elbowing me."
Imran described the man as "very big" and a lot taller than him, saying he "looked like a body builder".
Having worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years, Imran said he has never experienced an attack like this despite people sometimes leaving without paying.
He said has never been the target of violence at work and immediately reported the incident to police with another customer calling 999 during the attack.
Imran often hosts charity events at The Pink Pearl, putting on free dinners for homeless people or for veterans to enjoy an evening out.
Merseyside Police confirmed no one has been charged in relation to this incident at this point.