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Serial Dine-and-Dasher Arrested in Reno, With Help from Facebook

Serial Dine-and-Dasher Arrested in Reno, With Help from Facebook


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Saul Zelaznog was outed on Facebook after skipping out on his bill

When Saul Zelaznog’s friends settled up their bar tabs at the Brewer’s Cabinet in Reno, Nev., Zelaznog told the server that he forgot his wallet and left shortly afterwards, without paying. 10 years ago, the restaurant would have had no way to track down the dine-and-dasher, but thanks to the magic of Facebook, Zelaznog was tracked down and arrested, and it turns out that this isn’t the first time he’s ditched out on a bar tab.

After Zelaznog left, workers at the restaurant were able to track down a photo of him, and they posted it to their Facebook page along with a link to his profile, according to the AP. He became the subject of much derision online.

“You could tell him that visiting restaurants with your friends, running up a huge bill, roughing up servers and then bailing is pretty uncool ... pathetic, really," the post said. "Get a life, man."

The post was shared 800 times, helping to track down his identity. It turns out that at least three other bars and restaurants in the area had similar experiences with him.

The restaurant returned to Facebook after Zelaznog was nabbed, to thank those who had helped track him down.

"We hope that all of his outstanding debts are paid in time," they wrote, "but more importantly, that he makes wiser decisions in the future."


A serial ‘dine-and-dasher’ left women to pay, police say. He faces 10 felony charges.

Marjorie Moon’s date with Paul Guadalupe Gonzales at a swanky restaurant in Los Angeles in 2016 was going fine. That is, until the moment he disappeared from it.

Gonzales was charming at first, if not a little fawning, Moon said. She met him online through the dating site Plenty of Fish and hit it off, swapping pictures of their kids and sharing their appreciation for good food. On their first date, she realized he wasn’t kidding: Gonzales ordered two entrees – a chicken dish and four lobster tails, she said. He ordered expensive wine and then a souffle for dessert.

And then, he told her he had to go make a phone call. Moon thought he was on the call for a long time, and asked her waiter if he had he seen her date.

Yes, the waiter said. Her date left.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Moon told the Washington Post. “I just handed the waiter my credit card and said, ‘I just want to go home’ – $250 later, I was out the door.”

Moon is one at least eight known women who allegedly ended up footing the bill after police say Gonzales, 45, invited them out to dinner via online dating then ditched them before the meal was over, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said Monday. Gonzales, known as the “serial dine-and-dasher” in local media, was arrested this week on 10 felony charges in connection with his alleged awful dating etiquette between May 2016 and April 2018. In addition to the eight women, two restaurants are also listed as victims because they picked up the tab.

Gonzales has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of extortion, two counts of attempted extortion and one count of grand theft, accused of cheating his dates out of more than $950. He faces a maximum penalty of 13 years in prison, the district attorney’s office said.

“I’m just shocked this thing went as far as it did,” said Moon, since happily engaged. “I never thought my date would turn into news like this.”

It was always the same pattern for Gonzales, according to police: A lavish, expensive meal, followed by an excuse to leave the table and, ultimately, disappear. Sometimes, his aunt was really sick, CBS Los Angeles reported. Sometimes, he left his phone charger in his car and really needed to go get it. Sometimes, he had to go to the bathroom.

Diane Guilmette, the first woman to come forward to CBS, said she met Gonzales on Plenty of Fish and he took her out to Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Los Angeles. He ordered an appetizer, wine, steak, a couple sides, “really enjoying himself,” Guilmette said.

“When we got near to the end of the meal, not quite finished,” she said, “he said he had to go make a phone call.” Instead, he left her with a $163 tab, she said.

Over the next few months, the stories kept coming until eventually CBS’s headlines simply said, “Serial Dine-And-Dash Dater Strikes Again.”

“All of a sudden, he’s all, ‘Oh, my phone’s dying and I’m waiting on a call from my mom about my aunt. I’m going to go to the car to get my charger,’” one of the women told CBS in May. “My first comment to him when he got up was, ‘Oh, what, you’re not coming back?’”

She soon realized he would not return. Her tab was $130.

According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Gonzales is also suspected of skipping out on the bill at a hair salon. He was caught on video leaving the salon with wet dye still in his hair, still wearing the salon’s smock, CBS reported in 2016. He reportedly said he had to get his iPad from his car.

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Saul Zelaznog, Serial Dine-And-Dasher, Gets Facebook Shamed By Brewer's Cabinet Bar [UPDATED]

In the modern age, dining and dashing has repercussions beyond a potential visit from your neighborhood policeman: a public shaming on social media.

Brewer's Cabinet, a bar in Reno, Nev., outed an alleged serial dine-and-dasher with a photo posted to its Facebook page on Tuesday. The man, Saul Zelaznog, is accused of skipping out on tabs across the Reno area:

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Zelaznog left the bar before paying his $100 bill. Zelaznog defended himself to the publication, chalking the incidents up to a series of misunderstandings.

“They’re acting like I ran out of there I was going to be back to take care of my tab,” he said, adding that he is asking his family to wire him money to pay his Brewer's Cabinet bill. Zelaznog admitted that he'd been unable to pay his tab at another bar, but left a "nice watch" as collateral.

Brewer's Cabinet has filed a police report against Zelaznog, but has yet to be compensated.

Below, the local NBC affiliate interviews local businesses affected by Zelaznog:

UPDATE: Zelaznog was taken into custody on Thursday on a probation violation.


Authorities say a man who repeatedly went on dates with women and left before the bill came now faces felony charges

  • The Los Angeles "serial dine-and-dasher" has been arrested on 10 felony charges, authorities say.
  • Paul Guadalupe Gonzales has been accused of repeatedly going on dates with at least eight women to expensive restaurants but leaving before the bill came.
  • Gonzales has been accused of scamming his dates out of more than $950.
  • He has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of extortion, two counts of attempted extortion, and one count of grand theft.
  • In a separate and unrelated incident, Gonzales also allegedly received services from a hair salon and left without paying.

A Los Angeles, California, man known as the "serial dine-and-dasher" was arrested earlier this week on 10 felony charges, authorities say.

Paul Guadalupe Gonzales has been accused of repeatedly going on dates with at least eight women to expensive restaurants but leaving before the bill came, according to a press release issued by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

Marjorie Moon told the Washington Post she went on a date with Gonzales in 2016 after meeting him on the dating app Plenty of Fish. Moon told the outlet that they bonded over many things, including their mutual love of "good food." And on their first date, Gonzales ordered a chicken dish, four lobster tails, "expensive wine," and a soufflé for dessert, Moon said.

But just before the bill came, Gonzales left the table to make a phone call. Moon says he never came back.

"I couldn't believe it," Moon told The Washington Post. "I just handed [the waiter] my credit card and said, 'I just want to go home' — $250 later, I was out the door."

And she is just one of eight women to come forward and accuse Gonzales of dining and dashing. Since his arrest, Gonzales has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of extortion, two counts of attempted extortion, and one count of grand theft. Additionally, two restaurants that had to pick up the check are also named in the criminal complaint, per the Los Angeles District Attorney.

In total, Gonzales has been accused of scamming his dates out of over $950 between 2016 and 2018, according to the district attorney's office.

All of Gonzales accusers' stories follow a pattern.

In August 2016, his first accuser Diane Guilmette told CBS that she met Gonzales on Plenty of Fish, too. They went out for dinner, and he seemed to have a good time.

"He ordered a lot of food. He had an appetizer. He ordered a steak. This restaurant is all à la carte. He even ordered a couple sides, a glass of wine. So he was looked like he was really enjoying himself," Guilmette
said. "When we got near to the end of the meal, not quite finished, he said he had to go make a phone call."

But he never came back from that call, leaving Guilmette with the $163 bill, she said. Later, when she tried to contact Gonzales on the dating app, Guilmette found that he had blocked her.

Also in 2016, a woman told CBS that on a " romantic first date at a restaurant," things started off well — until Gonzales ordered two entrees, claiming to be a bodybuilder.

The woman said that Gonzales ordered over $100 worth of food for himself, scarfed it all down, and left without paying when he said he was in the bathroom.

Then there was a woman who has been identified as Michelle who told CBS that she went out to dinner with Gonzales this May.

"He ordered a salad with shrimp, a filet mignon, yes, he went all out," Michelle said.

But after their meal, things took a turn, she said.

"All of a sudden he's all, oh, my phone's dying and I'm waiting on the call from my mom about my aunt. I'm going to go to the car to get my charger," she said. "My first comment to him when he got up was oh what, you're not coming back?"

Michelle said he never came back and she was stuck with a $130 tab, she said.

The district attorney's office also notes that in a separate and unrelated incident, Gonzales also allegedly received services from a hair salon and left without paying. In what CBS dubbed a "snip and ditch" incident, Gonzales allegedly left the salon with dye still in his hair and salon robes still on. He said he had to get his iPad from his car.


L.A. Has A Serial Dine-And-Dasher (Yes, He's On Bumble)

Be wary the next time a Bumble date suggests B.J.s for dinner, because one Paul Gonzales is out there eating full meals before disappearing without paying for his part of the bill.

According to CBS Los Angeles, this man left a date after eating his meal under the pretense of taking a phone call. It's also not the first time: Gonzales has been dining-and-dashing for over a year across Los Angeles. Last summer, two women went on dates with Gonzales after meeting him online, only to have him disappear after eating his meal. In each scenario, he has ordered an abnormally large amount of food and consumed it very quickly. The reported incidents occurred in Long Beach and Pasadena, so geography is no impediment for Gonzales' desire to scam a free meal. Those meals have consisted of steak, sides, and a glass of wine, so perhaps the allure of red meat and tannins overcomes possible traffic on the 110.

Blind dates also aren't the only victims of his crimes he was arrested in July of last year for leaving a Burbank hair salon without paying for the services. In that instance, however, he went by Tony Azini, so Paul Gonzales could also be an alias. When getting the haircut, he requested a cut before a color in order to plan his departure accordingly. He took the same strategizing to his meals by consistently displaying an impatient desire to order and eat.


Palm Springs dine-and-dasher arrested

Palm Springs restaurant owners can breathe a sigh of relief. Police announced on Tuesday that they have located and arrested a serial dine-and-dasher.

We first reported on this dine-and-dasher last week. It was the same story for many restaurants in downtown Palm Springs. A man would enjoy his meal, then leave without paying.

According to the Palm Springs Police Department, this had going on since at least Feb. 1, 2021. This went on for over a month, but he was finally arrested on the afternoon of March 7.

Police said they received a call from a restaurant in the 400 Block of E. Tahquitz Canyon Drive. Staff told police that they believed this was the person behind the numerous dine-and-dash incidents and he had just done it again.

Officers arrived at the area and located the suspect, a 31-year-old Palm Springs resident.

The suspect was arrested and booked into jail on defrauding and innkeeper charges.

Police said additional charges could be filed if it is confirmed that the suspect was invovled in other reports, such as the restaurants who spoke with News Channel 3.

As part of station policy, we will not publish the identity or photo of the suspect until they are officially charged.

The Palm Springs Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim of a theft, to report it to your local police department.

"Often times, these incidents go unreported which makes investigating crime patterns more complicated," reads a post by PSPD.

If you or your business have been a victim of theft, please contact the Palm Springs Police Department Non-Emergency line at 760-327-1441.


FBI makes a connection between long-haul truckers, serial killings

The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the last three decades.

Federal authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states. After that, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.

A computer database maintained by the FBI has grown to include information on more than 500 female crime victims, most of whom were killed and their bodies discarded at truck stops, motels and other locations along popular trucking routes crisscrossing the U.S.

The database also has information on scores of truckers who’ve been charged with killings or rapes committed near highways or who are suspects in such crimes, officials said. Authorities said they do not have statistics on whether driving trucks ranks high on the list of occupations of known serial killers.

But the pattern in roadside body dumps and other evidence has prompted many investigators to speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill.

“You’ve got a mobile crime scene,” one investigator said. “You can pick a girl up on the East Coast, kill her two states away and then dump her three states after that.”

Although some local police agencies have been briefed on the program, the FBI had not publicized its existence outside law enforcement until earlier this year, when officials agreed to show The Times the inner workings of the operation and share details of some of their cases.

Housed in a nondescript brick building on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., FBI analysts pore over reports and computer entries looking for patterns in slayings from California to Connecticut.

Since the program began, more than two dozen killings have been solved, authorities said.

Michael Harrigan, who oversees the Highway Serial Killings Initiative, said the program helps local police “connect the dots” to slayings outside their jurisdictions. He said most of the victims led high-risk lifestyles that left them particularly vulnerable.

“We don’t want to scare the public and make it seem like every time you stop for gas you should look over your shoulder,” Harrigan said. “Many of these victims made poor choices, but that doesn’t mean they deserved to die.”

Though most of the entries in the database pertain to unsolved slayings, cases that authorities consider “cleared,” or solved, remain in it so that investigators may potentially link additional crimes to a known perpetrator. There are also entries on sexual assaults and missing-person cases linked to highway locations. FBI officials declined to provide The Times with a more detailed breakdown of the database’s contents.

The program’s success depends largely on local police departments’ voluntarily providing data on seemingly random killings, sexual assaults and other violent crimes to the FBI, where it is stored in a massive computer database. FBI analysts can query the computer to spot patterns that might otherwise go unnoticed.

This was exactly the kind of help Terri Turner was looking for when she turned to the FBI in early 2004. Turner, a senior criminal intelligence analyst with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, was working on a string of seven slayings along I-40 in which the victims were truck-stop prostitutes who had been killed and left at roadside locations.

Turner’s inquiry was given to an analyst with the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, which maintains the agency’s crime database. The analyst found that the database contained more than 250 cases of roadside female crime victims, many of them bearing enough similarities to suggest patterns in the violence. Subsequent searches and Internet research bumped the number to 350. As a result, bureau officials created a separate computer database to track such crimes and assigned an analyst to work full time on the serial killer program.

Later that year, Turner’s suspected killer was identified as John Robert Williams, a 28-year-old trucker.

Williams and his girlfriend had kidnapped a woman from a casino in Mississippi, killed her and dumped her body along a rural county road, authorities said. Concerned that they’d been seen leaving the casino with the victim, Williams’ girlfriend panicked and called police, telling them that she and Williams had found the body. Their story quickly unraveled, and the pair were arrested for murder.

During subsequent interrogations, police said Williams confessed to more than a dozen slayings -- including many of the cases Turner had been investigating. He had detailed knowledge of how the crimes had been committed, such as whether the women were killed by manual strangulation or with the use of a ligature, according to authorities. He explained how some had been sexually assaulted, in some cases after they were dead, they said.

Williams knew, for example, that one victim, Buffie Rae Brawley, had the word “Ebony” tattooed on her right thigh, investigators said. And he knew that the truck-stop prostitute had deep lacerations on her head, which he said she suffered when he struck her with a “tire thumper,” a trucker’s tool used to bounce off truck tires to gauge their pressure.

Police said Williams told them that Brawley solicited him for sex at a truck stop in Indianapolis.

“The second she tapped on my window, she was a dead woman,” one investigator quoted the trucker as saying.

Williams has since recanted his confession, and there is no DNA linking him to any of the slayings. But Sgt. Larry Hallmark of the Grapevine, Texas, Police Department said he and other investigators do not believe that Williams’ confession was bogus.

“He actually bragged that we wouldn’t find any DNA because he didn’t have sex with them in the traditional sense,” said Hallmark, who interviewed Williams several times and has submitted a potential death penalty case to the district attorney in his county outside Dallas.

Hallmark said investigators from other jurisdictions “are kind of waiting in line” to see what happens with his case.

The investigator of Brawley’s death is among them.

“We’re about 10th in line,” said Capt. Clarke Fine of Hendricks County, Ind. “I figure if Texas fries him, we’re good.”

For the most part, the FBI analysts assigned to the serial killer program have spent their time combing through crime data that is months or even years old for patterns that might link slayings to one another or to a suspect. But occasionally, they have spotted patterns as they were actually occurring. That was the case two years ago when authorities noticed that dead prostitutes who had been shot with a .22-caliber gun were being found along highways in Georgia and Tennessee.

The body of one victim, Sara Hulbert, was found behind a truck stop in Nashville.

Sgt. Pat Postiglione, a veteran homicide investigator with the Nashville Police Department, was assigned the case. He called the FBI and learned that Hulbert’s killing fit a pattern of recent slayings and might have been the work of serial killer, something he’d already suspected.

With little to go on, he and another detective began reviewing videotape taken at the Truck Stops of America site in downtown Nashville where the victim had been found. It was mind-numbing stuff: big rigs pulling in and out of one of the busiest truck stops in the state, like planes taking off and landing at LAX.

The only thing that caught Postiglione’s eye was a yellow 18-wheeler that seemed to come and go within about 30 minutes. The interval seemed short compared with that of other truckers, who spent at least an hour -- or even several -- as they fueled up, ate and maybe slept for a while.

As leads go, it was pretty thin. But then the detective got lucky. As Postiglione approached the truck stop the morning after watching the tape, he said, he saw what he thought was the yellow rig heading toward a nearby area of East Nashville known for prostitution.

Postiglione said he followed as the driver slowly wheeled his truck down streets lined with warehouses, budget motels and liquor stores. After a few minutes, the driver returned to the truck stop and parked, he said.

His curiosity piqued, Postiglione approached the driver’s door and knocked. After a few seconds, a disheveled-looking man emerged from the cab, the detective said.

His name was Bruce Mendenhall. He was of average height and build with a sort of pinched face. His shirt was unbuttoned and he wore no shoes. As Postiglione sized him up, he said he noticed a speck of blood on the man’s thumb and what he thought were several corresponding drops on the driver’s door of the truck.

Though there could have been many reasonable explanations for the blood, Postiglione said, he was suspicious.

“Something -- I don’t know if it was instinct or whatever -- was telling me, ‘Don’t let this guy leave before I look in his truck,’ ” the detective recalled.

According to Postiglione, Mendenhall calmly agreed to submit to a DNA swab and signed a consent form granting the detective permission to search the truck.

The officer said he stepped up into the cavernous cab, large enough to stand up in and walk around. He took a couple of steps into the sleeper compartment and sat down on the bed. To his left, behind the driver’s seat, was a plastic bag. In it was some women’s clothing covered in blood, he said. Also recovered from the cab were a cellphone and an ATM card belonging to a young woman who had gone missing in Indianapolis just 12 hours earlier, authorities said. She has not been heard from since and is presumed dead.

By the time crime-scene technicians were finished with the cab, authorities have said, they had found blood or DNA linking Mendenhall to at least seven victims. He has since been charged with four slayings, officials said. Mendenhall has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial in Nashville.

Postiglione said the timeline the FBI put together showed that the intervals between killings were getting shorter and shorter.

“He was spiraling out of control,” the detective said.

Not all the victims attributed to alleged serial killer truck drivers have been prostitutes whose work made them easy targets. About a month after Mendenhall’s arrest, another long-haul trucker, Adam Leroy Lane, parked his rig in a suburban Boston neighborhood and slipped through an unlocked door into the home of Kevin and Jeannie McDonough.

The McDonoughs were lying in bed when they heard a whimper from the adjacent bedroom where their 15-year-old daughter, Shea, had been sleeping. They went to see what was wrong and found a masked figure holding a knife to their daughter’s throat. Kevin McDonough, a slight but muscular utility contractor, grabbed the intruder, applied a chokehold and wrestled him to the floor. His wife grabbed the knife.

When police arrived, they discovered that Lane was armed with three knives, a length of wire and a martial arts throwing star. In the cab of his truck was a DVD titled “Hunting Humans,” about a serial killer.

A Massachusetts state trooper who earlier that year had attended an FBI presentation in Reno about the serial killer program sent an e-mail to the bureau.

“I just want to make sure this guy is on your radar,” the trooper wrote.

That message ultimately led to Lane’s being connected to slayings in two other states, for which he is awaiting trial. He pleaded guilty to the Massachusetts charges and was sentenced to 50 years in state prison.

J. Patrick Barnes, a New Jersey prosecutor who charged Lane with one of the murders, said the FBI was instrumental in helping solve his case.

“We’re so busy looking at cases in our own towns, our own counties and our own regions that we sometimes miss what’s going on around us,” Barnes said.

“You can’t connect the dots if you don’t know what the dots are.”

Hanging in a cubicle in the FBI office near Quantico, Va., is a map of the United States. It’s covered in red dots representing some of the 500-plus cases in the Highway Serial Killings Initiative database. For all the crimes they represent, FBI supervisory agent John Molnar said he thinks the number of such offenses has been “grossly underreported.”

Molnar said he hopes that will change in the wake of a decision last year to make the database available to law enforcement officials online, allowing police with a password to submit case information and make their own queries.

Though many of the dots on the map now appear connected to one another by similarities -- such as the killers’ modes of operation -- the vast majority are not connected to any known suspect.

They are potential serial slayings waiting to be solved, the FBI says.

One involves the 2005 discovery of a decomposing human leg by ATV riders roaring through the woods near Interstate 55 in central Illinois. Painted toenails suggested that the leg, and another discovered nearby, belonged to a woman. But with little else to go on, the case went cold.

Three years later, an FBI analyst used a partial tattoo on one of the legs to help state police link the remains to Lindsay Harris, a 21-year-old call girl who had vanished from the Las Vegas Strip -- some 1,400 miles away -- about two weeks before the limbs were found.

She was the third Las Vegas sex worker whose dismembered remains were found along a highway from 2003 to 2005, prompting authorities to speculate that a trucker or someone else who frequents the highways was responsible for the slayings.

A fourth young woman who disappeared from the Strip and is presumed dead is also thought be part of the pattern. Her remains have not been recovered.

Mike Jennings, the Illinois State Police special agent who worked with the FBI to identify Harris’ remains, said he plans to retire in a couple of years and that the case of the fourth woman will weigh heavily on his mind if it remains unsolved.


Serial Dine-and-Dasher Outed on Facebook

by Ruth Schneider Posted on August 9 2013

Plenty of folks use social media to rant. In fact, for people in the food service industry, venting about the job is par for the course.

Remember the Applebee's waitress who posted a receipt on Reddit from a pastor who wrote, "I give God 10%. Why should I give you 18?" (The action led to the firing of the waitress.)

Now it's being used to catch folks who try to filch on the bill from dinner.

Brewer's Cabinet, a Reno, Nev., restaurant posted on Facebook after a customer ran out on his $100 tab.

"If you know, or see, this dude, please call RENO POLICE DEPT at 334-2121 immediately," the post reads, "and then remind him that his tab at The Brewer's Cabinet is still waiting to be paid. and his tab at Campo. and his tab at Imperial. and his tab at Chapel. and his tab at many other fine establishments."

The customer, Saul Zelaznog of Reno, was arrested shortly after the post, on what the Associated Press reports is a probation violation.

"Just trying to look out for all the other business owners," Chris Kahl, a co-owner of the Brewer's Cabinet, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "$100, that's a lot of money to lose."

It also serves as a warning to other dine-and-dash planners. Someone on social media is always watching.


Today's special: Restaurant finds Facebook justice for dine-and-dasher

The Brewer's Cabinet in Reno, Nev., posted a photo of a patron who failed to pay his $100 tab on its Facebook page, and within a day the post had gone viral, and the man was identified.

Dine and dash? Point, click and post. A Reno, Nev., restaurant and brewpub posted on Facebook a photo of a man who skipped out on a $100 bill, and soon other restaurants reached out to complain that they too had been snookered by the serial food snitch. The man was identified by other Facebook users as Saul Zelaznog (they also pulled up a mugshot from a 2012 arrest), and when reached by the Reno Gazette-Journal, he claimed he had just forgotten his money and planned to get relatives to wire money to pay his bill. As of this afternoon, the brewpub was still waiting.

Zelaznog admitted he had been involved in a similar situation at another eatery, but left a "nice watch" as collateral. "I'm not trying to burn bridges around town," he tells the newspaper. "This is a small little town."

This is the second case of food-related social media shaming this week: In New York, a food truck worker called out by name a shareholder advisory firm whose employees ordered $170 worth of food from the Milk Truck, a gourmet grilled cheese truck, but didn't leave a tip, Eater.com reports, via the worker's own tale of woe on theawl.com. When he gave a shout-out about the situation on his personal Twitter account, the company complained to the food truck owner, and two days later, the worker was fired

"At least I wasn’t asked to delete the tweet. And I wasn’t asked to apologize. Not that I would have done either of those things. I was just canned," Brendan Oɼonnor writes. "A part-time food-truck worker with 300 Twitter followers managed to shame some Wall Street firm into getting him fired. What a world."


Serial 'dine-and-dasher' nabbed in Iowa, police say

AMES, Iowa &mdash An Iowa man accused of running out on checks at several Iowa restaurants was arrested in Ames, police said.

Tracy Allan Haas, 47, was arrested by Ames police after a Des Moines bar reported he allegedly left the Es Tas Bar and Grill without paying his $25 tab, WHO-TV reported.

Haas has also been accused of skipping out on a bill at Claxon's Smokehouse and Grill in Altoona early last month, KCCI reported.

Haas was arrested on a similar charge in 2018, according to WQAD.

Haas' latest arrest came after management at Claxton's posted on Facebook last month.

Anybody know this guy? He walked out on his bill last night. To make it worse he ordered another beer and an order of nachos before he "went out to smoke" $25 gift card to the person who can identity him.

Posted by Claxon's Smokehouse and Grill on Saturday, July 6, 2019

When he entered Es Tas, the manager told KCCI he recognized Haas from the social media post, but did not realize who he was until the man allegedly left without paying.

“I think word travels pretty fast through (the) Campustown bar district,” Ames police Commander Jason Tuttle told the television station. “I think that is how we were able to get him.”

Haas was arrested at Sips in Ames and booked into the Story County Jail for a parole violation, according to arrest records. He was served an arrest warrant for dining and dashing and released before being taken into custody Wednesday in Polk County on a third-degree theft charge, KCCI reported.

He is currently in the Polk County Jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond, according to jail records.


Watch the video: Serial dine-and-dash thief strikes again (June 2022).