A caterer who has brought her special brand of street food to Leeds for one month only was left “gutted” after thieves stole her first week’s takings.
Londoner Melissa Fu is staying at a flat near the city centre while trading from Mei Mei’s Street Cart at Leeds Trinity shopping centre.
But she arrived back at the apartment, on Skinnner Lane, to discover that £2,000 had been snatched.
The 23-year-old said: “This is my first time in Leeds and I love it – everyone has been really friendly and I’ve enjoyed it.
“But for this to happen made me feel gutted.”
Miss Fu started selling jian bing – Chinese crepes made from eggs – after sampling the food in Beijing.
She usually trades in Bethnal Green in London but was invited to spend a month at Trinity kitchen in the shopping centre after featuring in The Guardian newspaper.
Having started work on April 28, she said the first week had gone well.
But she got back to the flat she rents at 20:20 House on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, to find that her entire takings had been snatched.
Two members of staff from a company that had a contract to clean the flat have been interviewed by police but released without charge.
Miss Fu added: “It took a while for it to sink in and I’m trying to be positive – it could have been my whole month’s takings and at least I wasn’t in the flat at the time.
“I work really long hours trying to make a success of this – 8.30am to 10.30pm most days – and it’s just really annoying that someone can come and take advantage.”
Despite the setback, she said she was determined to see out her month.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said inquiries were ongoing.