The moment when a stampede of panicked customers escaped from a bar in northern Brazil was caught on the restaurant’s CCTV cameras, but not everything is as it seems.
The patrons of Cervejaria Alphaiate bar and restaurant were enjoying their meal Saturday night around 9pm outside when they were startled and forced to flee their tables by a group of people running directly towards them.
The brewery patrons quickly got up from their seats after noticing the group heading towards them and started running in the other direction, overturning tables and chairs.
The restaurant waiter can also be seen in the footage looking confused and eventually taking off after the diners stampede, reportedly because the group was alleged to be thief attempting to rob the restaurant.
The CCTV footage was uploaded to WhatsApp and then to Twitter on Wednesday and quickly went viral with the original video being viewed by over 3.3 million people.
In the video, a woman can first be seen running down the path past the restaurant’s outdoor seating, followed by a man with a dog who prompted another woman to get up from her table and invite those who they sat with her getting up and leaving.
Once the woman and her friends escaped from the table, the rest of the guests at the bar quickly followed in fear, dragging others with them, leaving some things behind, and within seconds the restaurant was almost bare.
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The restaurant waiter can also be seen running after being confused by the situation as the last of the patrons spins and trips over chairs as he exits.
A devoted bar guest can be seen falling off his chair and falling into the eaves next to a car in a hurry, but refusing to let go or drop the beer in a panic.
In the final seconds of the video, a group of five men who appear to be wearing hats and gym clothes running past the scene.
It has since been revealed that the group approaching the restaurant and scaring customers was said to be a CrossFit exercise group, not thieves attempting to rob customers and the bar.
“Then they said it was CrossFit,” said Dr. Amyr Kelner who was reportedly at the restaurant at the time, according to local media.
“It was very fast. People came slowly, then, when they approached our table, they started running. I told my friend to call and keep her purse. She stood up and, at that moment, someone shouted that it was a robbery. At that moment I got up, shouted that he was also a thief and ran away, “she told the local G1 source.
“After a few minutes, we saw that nothing was happening. Everyone laughed and went back to the tables as if nothing had happened.
“When I got up, I put my phone and wallet in my pocket. There were people who thought I was pulling out a gun. It’s something to experience in an insecure city like ours.
“Thank God, I have never been robbed, nor have I experienced anything like this, but you are in an extremely dangerous city and you see three people running towards you.”
In a statement provided to local media, the restaurant said the confusion was “nothing but a misunderstanding”.
Originally released as a CrossFit group mistaken for robbers in Brazil when the client flees in fear