Thief Hides in Restaurant, Eats Unbelievable Feast

He could face 2 years in prison for the epic meal
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2015 8:13 AM CST
Thief Hides in Restaurant, Eats Unbelievable Feast
Roast duck. Times three.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Six 11-pound geese, 13 pounds of goose fat and liver, three ducks, a one-gallon jar of pickles, butter, and a package of poppy seeds. These are not lyrics to a Christmas carol of yore but rather the food items enjoyed by an alleged thief, accused of hiding in a restaurant in the Czech Republic at closing time and dining like a king overnight. Authorities say the man, variously identified by the media as being 38 or 48 years old, sneaked into an unnamed Prague eatery and hid in a bathroom as staff were closing up on Sunday, per the Prague Post. When the coast was clear, he, as police put it, "feasted royally" on $800 worth of food—though notes he "sampled" the aforementioned items rather than consumed them all—then washed it all down with several bottles of wine, authorities say.

Apparently he had no room for dessert, but wrapped up beer and a strawberry cake to take with him, police say. He also packed some clothes including chef’s pants, and searched the bar and employee lockers for money, authorities say. They believe his plan was to sneak out again in the morning. Instead, he was discovered by a cleaner who arrived around 9am and called police. The man now faces up to two years in prison. (Speaking of restaurants, this restaurant CEO really didn't like the harsh New York Times review of his new eatery.)

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