Newlyweds skip out on US$2,000 wedding reception bill

By Zhang Liying
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A newly-married couple who celebrated their big day at a hotel in Nanshan scenic spot in China's southwest Chongqing municipality on May 1 fled without paying their 13,000 yuan (US$2,051) bill.

According to the hotel's owner, who is surnamed Xu, the bride and groom, respectively surnamed Wang and Li, put down a deposit of 500 yuan (US$79) on April 18 when booking eight standard rooms for the accommodation of their relatives and 12 tables for the banquet.

Xu said that the guests checked in on the afternoon of April 30 and checked out on the morning of May 2, incurring costs of more than 13,000 yuan.

Closed-circuit TV footage showed that the newlyweds and the parents of the bride left the hotel in the early morning of May 2.

Xu said the groom told the hotel staff that he would be back to pick up his father and pay the bill after driving his parents-in-law home.

However, the groom never came back, and his father sneaked out of the hotel around 9 a.m.

Xu said that it was the first time in two decades working in the hospitality industry that he had seen all the members of a wedding reception walk out in this manner.

He called the police on May 3.

The police made contact with the newlyweds, who promised to settle the bill in several days in a text message. However, they broke the promise and couldn't be got in touch with by phone anymore.

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