March 21, 2009

Anonymous diner seeks help from police

Police in a Welsh city were looking for the owner of a long-closed Indian restaurant after receiving money from a diner who did not pay the tab in 1996.

The anonymous letter was sent to a police station in Swansea with three 20-pound notes enclosed (almost $90), Sky News reported Saturday.

The total sum for the meal and drink was under 10 pounds, the letter said. However, I have decided to pay a larger sum as a way of compensation. I actually forgot that I didn't pay the restaurant owner for the meal, drink and waiter service.

The sender asks police to apologize to the owner.

The restaurant, called the Sea View Palace in 1996, closed years ago. The building that once housed it has been replaced by a luxury apartment block.

Swansea police have appealed to the public for help tracing the restaurant owner so they can hand over the money.