Laughing Andy Murray returns iPhone he 'lifted' from bar

Andy and Judy Murray accidentally took pub owner's phone while out Christmas shopping in Stirling.

Dawg Hoose: The Murrays accidentally left with extra phone.
Dawg Hoose: The Murrays accidentally left with extra phone.

Tennis star Andy Murray was forced to return to a Stirling bar to apologise after accidentally leaving with the owner's phone.

The world number one was out Christmas shopping with his mum Judy in Stirling city centre when they popped into a local gastro pub for a coffee.

Rich Carlin, 33, who runs The Dawg Hoose on King Street, said he had just opened up on Monday morning when Andy and Judy Murray walked through the door.

Mr Carlin said he chatted to the Dunblane tennis ace about his new business, which specialises in craft beers and hot dogs, and then posed for a photograph at the bar before Andy, 29, and Judy headed off.

As soon as they left he tried to post a message on the pub's Facebook page about his celebrity customers, but soon realised his iPhone was missing from the bar.

He said: "I was looking everywhere for it. I was looking under the bar, under the breakfast bar area, under the tables and under the coffee machine. The only other place I thought it could be was the fridge because I got milk out of it for Judy's cappuccino and I was still half asleep.

"I thought 'dammit', Andy Murray and Judy Murray have taken my phone.

"About five minutes later I see this black Jaguar pull up outside and Judy is waving the phone at me out the window.

"They said they realised they had one too many phones. Judy and Andy were both laughing.

"I said to them, 'I have to get a selfie of this'. Andy's in the car leaning over and Judy's getting back into the car laughing. It was a really surreal moment."

Twitter exchange: Judy said sorry for lifting the phone.
Twitter exchange: Judy said sorry for lifting the phone.

Judy later took to Twitter to post the picture of their visit to the bar.

She said: "Sorry we lifted your phone by mistake. Quite funny when we realised we had an extra one."

Mr Carlin added: "He gets a bit of a bad press but he was a really friendly guy.

"He was an absolute gentleman and was very interested in the business and what I had to say.

"He was just a lovely guy and a Scottish legend."

Phone returned: Andy and Judy realised their mistake.
Phone returned: Andy and Judy realised their mistake. Rich Carlin

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