Several Women Ripped Off By A Restaurant Casanova
You know the dine-and-dash technique? It's the simple act of sneaking out without paying the bill at a restaurant. It's often the work of reckless teenagers or small-time scammers, but amature hour is over - we've just found a professional!
The man in question is an American named Paul Guadelupe Gonzales, and he's now being accused of extortion, grand theft, and fraud. In all, according to The Guardian, he defrauded twelve women for two years before getting caught, and he could face up to 13 years in jail for it.
Each time, Gonzales organized the same heist. After meeting women online through sites and apps like Plenty of Fish and Bumble, he would invite them to dinner dates in expensive Los Angeles restaurants. He told them to choose whatever they wanted on the menu without worrying about the price.
It was time to indulge for him too: lobster, steak, fine wines etc. You only live once, right? Then, at the end of the meal, he'd find an excuse to slip away, like going to the bathroom or making a call. The women would then find themselves alone in the face of a multi-digit bill. Some restaurants took pity and cover for the damsel in distress, but often she would just pay it out of embarrassment.
Paul Guadelupe Gonzales is pleading not guilty, but he did very little to cover his tracks. He never changed his name or appearance and was caught on camera fleeing the scene several times (including an unrelated barbershop incident, which he fled in the salon's cape). Anyway ladies, the next time you go out with a date, be careful. Make sure that he doesn't sneak out towards the end of the meal and when in doubt, bring your credit card.