There was fresh concern over the financial state of the Eurozone last night after the seventeen heads of government of the single currency were caught attempting to do a runner from the restaurant where they had been holding an emergency summit.
Staff at the Golden Dragon Chinese Buffet in Tooting Bec acted quickly to prevent Finnish premier Jyrki Katainen and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy Brey slipping out through the front door whilst German Chancellor Angela Merkel was caught attempting to escape through a toilet window.
When challenged the shamefaced politicos claimed various excuses including having left their wallets at home and being suddenly called home to look after their pet cat which had just been sick all over the sofa.
A potentially shameful situation involving having to do the washing up for the rest of the evening was only averted after Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte called his dad who was forced to come over all the way from Amsterdam at two in the morning to write a cheque.
When asked whether this latest embarrasment could further undermine the fragile state of the Euro, French President Jaques Sarkozy responded by fleeing from our reporter before jumping on to a little put-put scooter and riding it wrecklessly around the Arc-De-Triomphe whilst smoking a gitane.