Fined: Spanish night owl who skipped curfew by pretending to be delivery rider

Fined: Spanish night owl who skipped curfew by pretending to be delivery rider
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Having to be at home by 10pm may be a tough ask for a nation that’s used to staying out until late, but one young man in northwest Spain was prepared to go to extreme lengths to keep the party going past curfew hours. 

All of Spain’s 17 regions have pretty much had a curfew in place since last October.

For many people who enjoy a quiet night in, this hasn’t made much of a difference to their social lives, but for young Spaniards having to stick to a timetable which limited their time with friends has been challenging. 

One young man from the Galician city of Pontevedra devised a cunning plan to skip his province’s current curfew. 

He came up with the idea of pretending to be a delivery rider, asking a friend to lend him the cube-shaped cooler bag that these workers don whilst riding around cities delivering food. 

Armed with this and his bike, he was able to ride around after 10pm in the northwestern city without getting stopped by police. 

But he forgot one vital detail – delivery riders are only allowed to work until midnight under current coronavirus restrictions. 

Unfortunately for the young man, local police officers apprehended him at around 1.30am, local daily La Voz de Galicia reported. 

The fine for skipping curfew runs from €1,000 to €3,000, so it’s safe to say that this fake delivery rider may have learnt his lesson. 

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But the desire to hang out with friends is strong among Spain’s juventud (youth), Galician authorities would no doubt admit, as on the same weekend a couple was caught crossing the border between Galicia and the neighbouring region of Asturias on foot in the early hours of the morning. They were heading to their friend’s birthday party. 

They faced two stiff penalties: one for breaking curfew and the other for breaching current regional border closures.

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