Decorating faux pas lands restaurant owner in handcuffs

A restauranteur in Greece has given authentic decor a whole new level of meaning with the revelation that he bedecked his establishment with ancient and late medieval artefacts, contrary to the country’s cultural heritage laws.

The restaurant in the seaside town of Parga in northwestern Greece featured around 90 fragmentary pots and jars. They were mostly likely collected from old shipwrecks and date back hundred of thousands of years.

On Monday (7 May 2018), police arrested the 32-year-old restaurant owner. Under Greek law, all found antiquities are deemed property of the state. The restauranteur claimed he inherited the artefacts from his grandfather who found the pottery in the sea.

Greek police said the man was not suspected of attempting to sell the artefacts.

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