Spain expert explains ‘eat and run’ restaurant thefts to radio listeners

Dr Karl McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications, took to the international airwaves to discuss the ‘eat and run’ incidents in Spain.

Large groups of diners ran up huge bills worth thousands of Euros at two restaurants in the north of the Iberian country – before fleeing without paying.

On the second occasion, the group orchestrated a conga train as a pretense to get everyone out of the restaurant and into their getaway cars.

Karl was asked on air by BBC World Service’s World Business Report to give his take on the thefts and what the reaction has been in Spain and the general question of the limits of civil disobedience.

Hear Karl discussing the unusual financial thefts here:

Karl was approached by BBC producers after publishing an article on The Conversation: