Before going to jail, Lithuanian resident in Spain Aidas J. conned 20 eateries in Alicante. He would collapse to the ground during his acts, clutching his chest to simulate being in excruciating pain.
The manager of El Buen Comer, one of the restaurants the conman conned, told the US Sun, “It was very theatrical; he pretended to faint and slumped himself down on the floor.”
Forging a heart attack in 20 restaurants to get out of paying the tab, Conman gets locked up. It wasn’t until he performed his skit twice at El Buen Comer that Aidas’s fictitious heart problems were discovered, despite his repeated requests for medical attention.
El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, was informed by another restaurant employee that the man “lay down on the floor, acted as if his chest hurt and began to shake.”
According to local police, Aidas poses as a Russian tourist who is illiterate in Spanish while dressing in “designer clothes” as part of his act.
In an effort to alert nearby eateries and deter the con artist from “striking again,” the manager of El Buen Comer forwarded Aidas’ photo to them.
A second restaurant owner who was attacked by Aidas claimed that prior to pretending to have a heart attack, he had ordered multiple glasses of pricey whisky, a Russian salad and a main course such as entrecote or lobster.
Having turned down two fines for his theatricals, the con artist is currently serving a 42-day jail sentence.
Aidas only committed “minor crimes” because each bill he skipped was only worth a small amount, ranging from €15 to €70 (£13 to £60).
He was arrested multiple times during his two-month crime spree, but each time he was released because the amount he owed the restaurants was negligible.
In an attempt to keep the con artist incarcerated longer, the owners of the restaurants that were conned wish to jointly file a complaint. The total cost of the dine-and-dash incidents is €766 (£666).
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