There are a lot of things one would reasonably expect to happen in the course of a normal breakfast — bacon, toast, coffee, a sense of satiation after a night of growing hungry in your sleep. But a ginormous wave crashing through the window of a restaurant? Not so expected.
Diners at a seaside restaurant in Santa Barbara were enjoying the usual breakfast activities mentioned above on Saturday morning, pouring coffee, eating eggs and filming the scene, as one does, when stormy weather sent a huge wave slamming into the building, crashing through one of its windows.
An eyewitness who happened to have his camera on at the crucial moment posted a video of the incident to YouTube and sent it to the Santa Barbara Independent, explaining what it was like to be gnoshing one moment and covered in water the next.
He says he was filming the storm surf breaking on the pier outside, and mentioned to others that the pier would probably be closed soon as a result of the high surf. A minute later, as he spotted a set of waves approaching, he picked up his phone to film, catching the moment when one of those waves came through the window.
“The dining room was filled with the sound of glass shattering and people screaming as a wave of water rushed over the dining room carpet,” he writes in the video’s description. “Everyone froze, including the staff. So, I rushed over to make sure there were not any major injuries. I proceeded to warn everyone of the danger that could follow with the next wave and to evacuate the room.”
He says the room was evacuated without any more injuries.
“I then looked at the manager and asked, ‘Do you mind [if] I don’t pay for my breakfast and move on?”‘
Check out the two videos below, and see if you feel like requesting a window seat next time: