A FOREX trader has been arrested on his birthday after he failed tosettle a R36 000 booze bill.

Khanya Dlodlongwana, 20, who wined and dined his friends at a high-end Durban nightclub told his waiter he “left his bank card at home” when it was time to pay his bill.

He was later arrested and has appeared at the Point Road Magistrate’s Court. He faced a charge of theft for allegedly bilking the Urban Lounge, a nightclub in Monty Naicker Road, Durban, of R35885.

Dlodlongwana was released on R2000 bail.  His lawyer, Rajesh Singh of Roy Singh Attorneys, said: “My client denies the charges preferred against him and will outline his defence in court. He has been unfairly treated by the establishment and all parties concerned.”

Urban Lounge’s owner, Ashoo Rampersad, alleged that Dlodlongwana, who was in the company of 10 friends, mostly males, had a taste for expensive alcohol.

He said the partying group consumed two bottles of Ace of Spade champagne that cost about R10 000 at the club, four bottles of Veuve Clicquot Rich champagne (R2000 each), four bottles of Hennessy brandy (R975 each), and mixers.

Rampersad claimed that in appreciation of the big spend, he supplied complimentary portions of beef, ribs, chicken and chips to the group.

He said he knew Dlodlongwana to be a forex trader, and that Dlodlongwana had visited the establishment previously.

“He’s not a first-time customer, and he usually talks big money,” Rampersad claimed.