The ultimate dine-and-dash scam has finally been unveiled in Spain. After months of fooling restaurants with his acting skills, a man who faked heart attacks to get out of paying bills has been arrested and jailed.
Who Is This Man?
The man gaining fame for all the wrong reasons on the internet is a 50-year-old expat from Lithuania. No further details about the man’s identity have been revealed as of now.
According to Daily Loud, authorities in Spain’s Blanca region apprehended an individual notorious for indulging in elaborate meals at local restaurants and subsequently pretending to suffer a heart attack to evade payment. The image of the 50-year-old man has been circulated among eateries in the area as a precautionary measure. The outlet, citing the police, reported that he had successfully defrauded over 20 restaurants.
When Was He Arrested?
After connings a good handful of eateries in Spain, the man was finally caught last month when the staff at one of the hotels he was setting up whipped out a bill in front of him.
Where Was He Caught?
The Lithuanian man was frequenting El Buen Comer, a restaurant in Alicante where he enjoyed some seafood paella and a few shots of whisky until a waiter produced the bill for his meal.
How Was The Scam Unveiled?
At El Buen Comer last month, after the man relished his seafood and alcohol, he was presented with a bill of 34.85 euros (Rs 3,062). He apparently attempted to leave without paying up and was stopped by the staff and reminded of the outstanding bill.
He then claimed he would retrieve the money from his hotel room, but the staff didn’t fall for it and the scammer was prevented from leaving. In response, he resorted to faking a heart attack, attempting to deceive the restaurant personnel.
Seeing through the ruse, the restaurant staff abstained from calling for medical assistance and instead promptly alerted the police. Upon the arrival of the police, the individual persisted in demanding medical aid, oblivious to the fact that the officers had already identified him from prior encounters at other establishments in Alicante.
Why Did The Restaurant Not Buy His Performance?
According to the manager of El Buen Comer, he was not much of a convincing actor. The manager said, per The Sun US, “It was very theatrical, he pretended to faint and slumped himself down on the floor.”
The manager then added, “We have sent his photo around to all the restaurants to try and stop him from striking again.”
The expat has recently received a 42-day prison sentence for his refusal to settle two fines, as both incidents were classified as “minor crimes” due to the relatively low amount involved.
Meanwhile, the restaurant owners are contemplating filing a collective complaint, a move that could potentially result in the individual being sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison.
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