A HACKER has taken advantage of the fine weather and bank holiday distractions to steal the Easter takings from The Inside near Calverley Adventure Ground.
Unfortunately, while the café was taking payments for treats and coffees, a hacker was taking a test amount from the card payment account, iZettle.
After getting away with that transaction, the hacker re-entered the false details and cleared out the whole account – which owner Laura Parker only discovered after the bank holiday.
She has contacted police, but it may take 28 days to process the report, and 28 days more for iZettle to investigate.
The café can use cash takings to pay for supplies, and family savings to pay staff, but Laura acknowledged it had been another blow for the business which started in 2019 and battled through the pandemic.
“We’re hoping for birthday parties,” she told the Times.
Customers had been “lovely”, and some had suggested a fundraiser, but she stressed: “It’s footfall we need.”