Troubled British rocker PETE DOHERTY was left red-faced after he exited a restaurant without paying for his meal. The BABYSHAMBLES frontman, who has reportedly just split from his on/off lover KATE MOSS, had no money as he attempted to dine at the Tebay Service Station off the M6 motorway in Cumbria, England, on Monday (19SEP05). Tebay storeman SIMON HALL says, "Instead of walking through the till area, he went round to the back of the smoking (dining) area. He walked out and off to the bus without paying. One of our manager called him back. Doherty said he was in all this debt. £300,000 and they should let him off because he's famous." Doherty's spokesman says, "He had some food and didn't have any money on him. That's why someone had to go back to the bus. The meal came to £6.99. The person came back and only have a fiver (£5). They've only just gone on the road. Usually there's someone around to dish out the money. "I'm not aware if Pete said anything about being in debt or about Kate." Hall's co-worker RYAN McKENZIE tells British newspaper the Daily Star that Doherty was bragging about his millionaire model love, saying, "I'm 300 grand in debt. Why do you think I'm going out with Kate Moss?"

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