A packed restaurant continued to serve customers despite one of them being found dead in the toilet.
Diners at Jasper's Restaurant in Prince George County, Maryland, US, were shocked to find that a woman attending a family reunion planning session had died in the women's bathroom.
The strange occurrence happened on Wednesday immediately after the family she was with had paid the bill for the meal.
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She went to the toilet and never came out.
Owner Fred Rosenthal told local news outlets: “She went to the women's room and when members of the family got up to leave and she hadn't come back, they went to check on her.
“Someone found her unconscious, notified our employees and we jumped into the scene and called 911.
“Police arrived within minutes.”
Prince George's County Police Department arrived shortly after and brought a coroner with them – but the restaurant remained open during the entire investigation, with customers being seated and served around the horror scene.
The management closed the women's toilet and oddly turned the men's bathroom into a unisex one.
But, looking back, it appears that Mr Rosenthal regrets not closing.
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He said: “Hindsight is 20/20, we didn’t know it was going to take the coroner two hours to collect the body.
“If we did, we would’ve stopped seating people.
“We were trying to keep it as respectful as possible and not cause a scene.
“They came in to celebrate and plan a family reunion and it ended in a terrible event.”
The unnamed woman's body was removed via a side entrance in order to not shock or disturb the According to the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, it was found that she died of natural causes, but it was not detailed exactly what those causes were.
Mr Rosenthal has met with the women's family since the event.
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