Sunday, September 27, 2009

Four weddings in the dark

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - About 1,000 people from four wedding parties were forced to eat in the dark when the restaurant where the receptions were held had a power failure.

Half way through, the guests had to serve the food themselves after they were told that there was a shortage of restaurant workers last night.

The guests, many of whom using their handphones for light, were also forced to sit and eat in the non-air conditioned area.

Tension rose when the wedding parties could not contact the restaurant owner.

The restaurant manager, who later promised compensation, told the families that the outlet had a shortage of workers and were trying to rectify the power failure.

The guests then began serving the food from the kitchen on their own.

One of the bridegroom's cousins, who was only identified as Alan, said the wedding guests started to arrive at the restaurant along Jalan Persiaran Utama in Seremban II at 7.30pm.

'There were power interruptions earlier and after waiting for over two hours for the first course to be served, the power supply went off completely.

'We were forced to wait for two hours in the dark and then told to serve ourselves,' he said.

A restaurant worker, who declined to be named, said the management would compensate all four families soon and apologised for the incident.

He explained that the power failure was caused by faulty internal wiring, adding that it was not because the outlet did not pay their electricity bill.

'We will hold another wedding reception for all of them,' he added.

Halfway through, two of the wedding parties decided to leave.

Each family had paid a deposit of about RM2,000 for the reception at the restaurant, which is said to have experienced similar incidents before.

Source : Asia One News

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