Customers Flee From Racehorse Rampage (VIDEO)
A racehorse escaped from a stable and gallopped straight to the pub for a pint. The bar, located in Chantilly, just north of Paris, France, is a PMU bar/cafe. PMU in this case stands for Pari Mutuel Urbain, which is the government-controlled betting system. They certainly weren't betting on getting an equestrian sideshow with their beer and chips!
It kind of sounds like a silly urban legend or an exaggeration from a drunk uncle, but fortunately for us (and any uncles present), it was all caught on CCTV by a camera above the bar.
The horse gave the customers and staff quite a fright, for sure. Everyone (except one older gentleman) quickly dashed off to escape the flailing beast. The video surveillance shows the horse charge into the bar and back out again, seemingly struggling to kick off the saddle strapped around its torso.
The horse came from race course stables located about 1 kilometer from the bar, and had to cross several obstacles to be able to break into the establishment. Who wouldn't jump through a few hoops to ditch work and get to the bar a little faster? According to The Independent, the horse's trainer, Jean-Marie Beguigne, says the horse had a tendency of escape attempts but it was still a surprise that she got so far.
"Between the track and the stables, her rider fell off. The filly escaped by going on to the road, and crossing a roundabout before entering this bar. It is all quite exceptional." - Jean-Marie Beguigne
Luckily, the only casualties were a few tossed tables and chairs and no one was actually injured. "There were no injuries fortunately but we were all scared." said PMU cafe manager Stephane Jasmin. No word yet on whether or not they're sick of the horse/bar jokes.