In what's believed to be a first for the United Kingdom, a court has banned a "serial dine-and-dasher' from sit-down restaurants after he pleaded guilty to nine offenses of dine-and-dashing.
And if you're picturing the Hamburglar or some poor high school/college kid, you'd be wrong. The guilty party is Neil Rogers, a 45-year-old man who did it to "impress his friends and make out he is some sort of bon viveur," according to Trevor Colebourne, defending attorney.
We're not even talking $15 tabs either. We're talking hundreds of pounds worth of food and booze.
At Ego, a Mediterranean restaurant in Lancashire, he ran up a £248 ($350.85 US) bill before handing over a credit card he knew would be declined.
And at Zen Asian fusion restaurant in Lancashire, Rogers' bill was £187 ($264.55 US) before he smoked bombed (figuratively) out of the building.
At an Italian restaurant called Margaritas, Rogers skipped out on a £122 ($172.59 US) tab.
Staff at Margaritas snagged a photo of Rogers and reported him to police. Rogers also admitted running up taxi bills and not paying, because why stop at just restaurants, right?
While this may be a first for the UK, we've seen similar in the US. In 2014, Baltimore's serial dine-and-dasher, Andrew Palmer, was given five years in prison for failing to pay his food bills over the course of several years.