A 50-year-old Lithuanian man who lived in Spain repeatedly faked heart attacks at nice restaurants to avoid paying the bill, according to Spanish authorities.
Local police said that the man was arrested last month in Alicante after attempting to leave a restaurant without settling his tab by pretending to become unwell. Authorities have not released his name.
to The Daily Mail, the conman avoided paying over $800 worth of meals as he schemed his way out of paying the bills.
A police spokesperson
Business Insider he was accused of deploying the fake heart attack ruse in at least 20 instances in a 12-month period. The latest attempt occurred last month.
According to Business Insider, in this last incident, the man ordered two whiskeys and seafood paella, receiving a bill of around $37.
Personally, I think it's pretty neat he got away with it for this long.
Spain's EFE news agency reported that the manager of the restaurant, Moisés Doménech, told them that a colleague noticed the man attempting to dine-and-dash and informed him of the unpaid bill.
The man claimed he was going to get cash from his hotel room but the staff didn’t allow him to leave unless he settled his bill. That is when he gave his scheme another shot and faked a heart attack as he threw himself to the ground.
We shall call this the “scotch and roll.”
Unfortunately, his whiskey surprise just was not as smooth as he thought as restaurant staff didn’t buy it.
The man was also arrested on four previous occasions where he ordered premium whiskey and other expensive items like lobster.
According to The Daily Mail, the tipsy trickster has now been jailed for six weeks after he refused a couple of fines he received for his theatrics.
But the restaurant owners who were scammed want to file a joint complaint to get him locked away for longer, according to the outlet.
The owners are lucky that they are even able to call the police on a $40 tab. In California, the police would either laugh at you or hang up. In fact, most thieves just walk out as stealing is de facto legal. As long as the bill is less than $
, no one blinks an eye.
This man is also pushing his luck in this real-life version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” By the looks of it, he really is not too far off from having a real heart attack. At some point, art does start imitating life.