London, Aug 13 (ANI): An Indian restaurant owner in the UK was pleasantly surprised when a guilt stricken customer paid up for a meal eaten 13 years ago through an anonymous letter.
The customer sent an unsigned apology and 60 pounds in cash to police this March, after walking out without paying for a meal ordered in 1996. The customer had requested the cash to be forwarded to the Seaview Palace Tandoori in Swansea, South Wales.
The hitherto existing restaurant has been demolished and the police could only track the owner, Samsul Bari, after five months.Bari now owns a restaurant in Pembroke, West Wales.
The Telegraph quoted the 48-year-old Bari as saying: "I want to give a big thank-you to the individual for getting in touch with the police after all those years.
"It seemed like a genuine mistake - I really appreciate the person coming forward."
The customer had only taken a late night meal worth 10 pounds but it looks like he wanted to be free of the guilt and paid up more now."It seems the author had a pang of conscience and wished to repay the debt - with some money added to take account of inflation," a South Wales Police spokesman said. (ANI)