London, March 22 (ANI): A British diner tried to ease his conscience by paying for a meal in an Indian restaurant 13 years after he fled the eatery.
The anonymous customer left the restaurant in Mumbles, Swansea, without settling his 10-pound meal in 1996.
He later sent police 60 pounds in cash along with a type-written letter, requesting them to clear up his debt and apologise on his behalf to the owner.
"Dear officer, I have enclosed a sum of 60 pounds as a way of compensation for not paying for food at a restaurant in 1996," Sky News quoted him as saying in the letter.
"The total sum for the meal and drink was under 10 pounds. 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.
"But now that I have remembered I would like to pay the restaurant owner the money that is owed to him/her.
"I would appreciate it greatly if you could contact the owner and pay the money that is owed him.
"The problem is that the restaurant has closed down. It was an Indian restaurant situated on Mumbles Road, opposite Verdi's, next to the old Pilot public house.
"Please could you give my apologies to the owner. Thanking you," he added.
A police spokesman said: "It seems that the author has had a pang of conscience and wishes to repay his debt, with some inflation.
"We are appealing either to the former owner of the Indian Restaurant or to anyone who is aware of his or her whereabouts to come forward." (ANI)