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Brazilian bar patrons spark a stampede when they confuse CrossFit joggers with rioters

Frightened patrons run away after seeing a group from a local CrossFit gym running around and mistakenly mistook them for rioters on Saturday night in Recife, Brazil.

‘It Was Really Quick’: Frightened Bar Patrons Cause a Stampede When They Mistake CrossFit Gym Joggers for Rioters Pursued by Police

  • A viral surveillance video captured the moment bar patrons ran down a street in Brazil after mistaking CrossFit runners for rioters being chased by police.
  • Dozens of people left their tables Cervejaria Alphaiate moments on Saturday night when chairs and tables were knocked to the ground
  • Later, the patrons realized that it was actually a CrossFitters workout and headed back to the bar to resume their night out.

A group of diners caused a stampede when they mistook a group of CrossFit runners for rioters being chased by authorities in the northeastern Brazilian state of Recife.

Customers scattered at sidewalk tables suddenly got up from their tables and started running, a surveillance camera at the Cervejaria Alphaiate bar showed.

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In the video, a woman is seen jogging and looking back as two other CrossFit gym members follow in her footsteps, including a man with a dog on a leash.

One customer seemed to sense that she was in danger and immediately grabbed her bag and began to run when a man sitting with her began to follow her.

Frightened patrons run away after seeing a group from a local CrossFit gym running around and mistakenly mistook them for rioters on Saturday night in Recife, Brazil.

Frightened patrons run away after seeing a group from a local CrossFit gym running around and mistakenly mistook them for rioters on Saturday night in Recife, Brazil.

Cervejaria Alphaiate management said confused patrons eventually returned to the bar.

Cervejaria Alphaiate management said confused patrons eventually returned to the bar.

Patrons of the Cervejaria Alphaiate in Recife, Brazil, can be seen enjoying themselves Saturday night at the bar's sidewalk tables moments before causing a stampede when they mistook runners from a CrossFit gym for rioters.

Patrons of the Cervejaria Alphaiate in Recife, Brazil, can be seen enjoying themselves Saturday night at the bar’s sidewalk tables moments before causing a stampede when they mistook runners from a CrossFit gym for rioters.

In a matter of seconds, dozens of diners left their tables and rushed down the sidewalk. One of the surprised customers tripped from his chair and fell to the street pavement as more CrossFitters ran through the restaurant.

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Dr. Amyr Kelner told Brazilian news outlet G1 that he was at a table with six people when his friend grabbed his bag and fled.

It was very fast. People came slowly, then when they got close to our table they started running…’ Dr. Kelner said. ‘He got up and at that moment someone yelled that it was a (slide). That’s when I got up, yelled that it was also a tackle and ran.

The doctor recalled that someone near him thought he had a gun when they saw him putting his cell phone and wallet in his pocket.

A runner trots along before diners mistake him and other runners for a group of rioters in the Brazilian city of Boa Viagem.

A runner trots along before diners mistake him and other runners for a group of rioters in the Brazilian city of Boa Viagem.

One of the bar's patrons, Dr. Amyr Kelner, told Brazilian outlet G1 that he and six friends ran out because they thought the runners were actually rioters being chased by the police.

One of the bar’s patrons, Dr. Amyr Kelner, told Brazilian outlet G1 that he and six friends ran out because they thought the runners were actually rioters being chased by the police.

Dr. Kelner said patrons at nearby establishments also ran out after noticing the rush of people approaching.

He and his group of friends ran into another bar to seek shelter and then noticed that nothing was happening.

“Everyone started laughing and went back to the tables like it was nothing,” Dr. Kelner said.

Cervejaria Alphaiate management told G1 on Thursday that the incident was simply “a misunderstanding”.

“It was clarified that nothing happened, in a few minutes all those present returned to their tables and continued with the service,” the restaurant said.

He made light of the moment on Friday by posting a video on his Instagram of waiters running to empty tables.

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