Imaginary Paella Lands Couple in Slammer

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In most cases, when you point out an error on a restaurant bill it is met with a bit of embarrassment and profuse apologies. Not so for a British couple dining out in Spain. According to the couple, the server “got angry” when they pointed out a paella listed on their bill that they had neither ordered nor received.

Police were called, a move that the couple welcomed because they presumed authorities would side with them. In a surprising turn of events, Geoff Cox and Bridget Keyes were arrested and spent the night in jail. When a translator arrived the following day, the couple learned that they had been charged with defrauding a restaurant, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer. Even though the charges were dropped, Spanish prosecutors levied $459 in fines and damages against the couple prior to their release.

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Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.

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