Religious Diners Flee from Bill

120 diners celebrating a baptism at a restaurant in a north-western Spanish town all fled the restaurant at once without paying, according to the owner.

The Romanian diners, who had paid a deposit of 900 euro left the El Carmen restaurant in Bembibre as dessert was due to be served, Antonio Rodriguez said.

“It happened in the space of a minute,” he said. “It was something they had planned and they left in a stampede.”

The diners owe two thousand more euro, he added.

Mr Rodriguez gave police the details on the reservation but said he held out little hope of being repaid, with authorities so far unable to contact any of the diners.

The diners had consumed starters, a main course and 30 bottles of various alcoholic drinks, he said, adding that it was the first time in 35 years of working in the restaurant trade that he had ever come across such an incident.

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