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June 25, 2013 > NM man settles old restaurant bill after 16 years

NM man settles old restaurant bill after 16 years

Submitted By AP Wire Service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP), May 23 - A man who couldn't pay a Valentine's Day date restaurant bill as a teen has returned to pay his debt - sixteen years later.

KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1abvdSY) that Matt Sanchez repaid owner Claus Hjortkjaer this month after the owner recently reopened his French restaurant Le Cafe Miche in Albuquerque.

The 30-year-old Sanchez says he took a date to the older restaurant as a 14-year-old to impress his girlfriend. But then he realized he didn't have enough money.

Sanchez says Hjortkjaer came in and lent the young Sanchez the money from his own pocket and promised that he wouldn't tell Sanchez's date.

When Sanchez got older and was able to repay, the restaurant closed.

Sanchez said when the restaurant reopened near his office this month, he found Hjortkjaer and gave him $100 - more than what was owed.

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