CrossFit group mistaken for thieves in Brazil as customers flee in fear

The moment a stampede of panicked customers fled a bar in northern Brazil was captured by the restaurant’s CCTV cameras, but all is not as it seems.

Patrons of the Cervejaria Alphaiate bar and restaurant were eating their meals outside around 9pm on Saturday evening when they were scared and forced to flee their tables by a group of people running directly towards them.

Brasserie patrons quickly got up from their seats after noticing the group heading their way and began running in the other direction, knocking over tables and chairs.

The restaurant waiter can also be seen in the footage looking confused and eventually taking off after the money rush, apparently because the group were believed to be thieves attempting to rob the restaurant.

The CCTV footage was uploaded to WhatsApp and then Twitter on Wednesday and quickly went viral, with the original video being watched by more than 3.3 million people.

In the video, a woman can first be seen running along the pathway in front of the restaurant’s outdoor seating, followed by a man with a dog who prompted another woman to get up from her table and urge those seated with her to get up and leave too.

Once the woman and her friends fled the table, the rest of the bar guests quickly followed in fear, dragging others with them, some leaving their belongings behind and within seconds the restaurant was nearly empty. .

The restaurant server can also be seen running after being confused by the situation as the last of the customers turns around and stumbles over chairs on the way out.

A devoted bar guest can be seen falling from his chair and into the gutter next to a rushing car, but refusing to let go or drop his beer in a panic.

In the final seconds of the video, a group of five men who appear to be wearing hats and sportswear run past the stage.

It has since been revealed that the group approaching the restaurant and scaring customers were believed to be a CrossFit exercise group, not thieves attempting to rob customers and the bar.

“Then they said it was CrossFit,” said Dr. Amyr Kelner, who was at the restaurant at the time, according to local media.

“It was very fast. People were slowly arriving, then when they approached our table, they started running. I told my friend to call and hold her bag. got up and at that moment someone shouted that it was a robbery. That’s when I got up, I shouted that it was a thief too and I ran away”, he told local media G1.

“After a few minutes, we saw that nothing was happening. Everyone laughed and went back to the tables as if nothing had happened.

“When I got up, I put my mobile phone and my wallet in my pocket. There were people who thought I was pulling out a gun. It’s something to live in a city as precarious as ours.

“Thank God I’ve never been robbed, and I haven’t experienced anything like it, but you’re in an extremely dangerous town and you see three people running towards you.”

In a statement provided to local media, the restaurant said the confusion was “nothing more than a misunderstanding”.

Originally published as CrossFit group mistaken for thieves in Brazil as customers flee in fear