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August 11, 2010

Fake seizures: the ultimate dining discount

Well, here's one way to eat for free: police say a man faked seizures to avoid paying his restaurant tabs.

My colleague Justin Fenton reports on that criminal case on the Sun's crime blog.

But here at Dining@Large, I think the Sandbox might be interested in the man's taste in restaurants as much as his alleged criminal scheme.

Police say the man pulled this stunt at Capital Grille, Burke's Cafe, Ding How Restaurant, Maisy's Restaurant and Borinken Bar and Restaurant.

What do you make of his dining choices, gang?

UPDATE: Peter Hermann follows up with a full story in today's Sun. I love his lede.

"He ate buffalo wings and drank nine Blue Moon drafts at Burke's Cafe. At Shucker's, he washed down a pound of steamed shrimp with three glasses of Tanqueray Gin, two Coronas, a Heineken and a Johnny Walker Black Label scotch."
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 6:15 PM | | Comments (10)


The judge should ensure each and every business owner that was duped by this fraud is reimbursed as well as jail time.


I don't count Palmer's seizure at Burke's as faking it.

Looks like a #10 city bus sampler.

This gives new meaning to the term Dining@Large.

He got us 2 years ago. The 911 team knew him right away.

Don't get too carried away with this idea; I tried it and it didn't work.

I worked as a manager for Hot Shoppes back in the late 60's. The Shoppe located in down town DC was always very busy. One night the Dining Room Manager and I were standing in back of the dining room which was half full. For some reason my eye caught an older women opening a pill bottle and dumping something from it onto her plate. I nudged the DRM to look. Within seconds the woman started screaming "a roach, there's a roach in my food". We went to her table and she showed us the roach, and began screaming again. We got her up from the table and took her to the office in back of the restaurant. I told her I would take her statement, but advised her that we had witnessed her emptying the roach on the plate and that would be part of the report. She stood up and called me an unprintable name, then stormed out of the restaurant. We never heard from her again. With all of the confusion she did get her meal for free.

There is no accounting for people my father-in-law used to say. He was right.

Thanks for posting this.

Thanks for posting this.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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