Monday 11 December 2017

Group of 'intoxicated' Irish holidaymakers allegedly attack waiter and threaten him with piece of glass over restaurant bill

The group were eating and drinking at Main Square, Krakow before the alleged attack
The group were eating and drinking at Main Square, Krakow before the alleged attack

Kathy Armstrong

A group of "intoxicated" Irish men have been arrested after allegations were made that they attacked a waiter, holding a shard of glass to his throat and vandalising a Polish restaurant during a dispute over €47.

The six men had been drinking alcohol and eating at the unidentified restaurant on Krakow's Main Square earlier this week when the fight broke out.

A spokesman for Malopolska police said that the group were angry when their bill arrived and they refused to pay half of it.

They told "It has been established that the men had dinner and drunk some alcohol.

"When the waiter brought the bill they refused to pay for it, claiming the price was too high. They decided to pay only a half of it, that is 200 PLN (€47).

"Once the waiter demanded the whole sum they became aggressive.

"The men started to break windows, knock over chairs and tables and finally they severely battered the waiter.

"One of them held a piece of broken glass  against the waiter’s neck."

When the police arrived they fled on foot and four of them were soon caught, the other two men were detained several hours later at their hotel.

The spokesman added: "During the checks it has been established that the detained foreigners are nationals of Ireland who arrived in Poland for an excursion.

"All of them were intoxicated."

The men were charged with various offences and they paid the outstanding €47 from their bill, as well as an undisclosed settlement.

The Prosecutor’s Office decided to release all six men.

Their case will proceed to the courts but police have said it will most likely be "carried out without their presence."

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