A man in Spain recently took avoiding paying the bill to the very next level after he was arrested for repeatedly faking heart attacks whenever he dined at a fancy restaurant.
According to Insider, the man was arrested last month in Alicante after attempting to leave a restaurant without settling his bill by pretending to become unwell, local police said.
As it was the 20th such incident within a year, the man was well-known to the local police force. In the most recent incident, the man ordered 2 whiskeys and seafood paella at El Buen Corner, receiving a bill for around $36.75 (RM175.22).
The manager of the restaurant, Moisés Doménech, said that a colleague noticed the man attempting to dine-and-dash and informed him of the outstanding bill. However, the man simply stated that he was going to his hotel room to get cash, but the restaurant staff refused to let him leave without paying.
He then dramatically threw himself to the ground and pretended to have a heart attack, but the restaurant staff didn’t fall for the ruse and called the police, with officers recognising the man instantly.
A spokesperson for Alicante National Police confirmed that the man was a repeat offender, “He was arrested multiple times in the city of Alicante. The modus operandi was the same.”
According to a local publication, which cited an officer who had arrested the man on 4 previous occasions, he orders expensive items like lobster, entrecote, and premium whiskeys.
The officer noted that the man usually greeted officers with a smile and appeared unfazed about spending a night or 2 behind bars.
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