The man who gained notoriety for ditching women at expensive restaurants after running up the tab has been caught by authorities. The "Dine-and-Dash Dater" Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, was arrested and charged with seven counts of felonious extortion, two counts of attempted extortion and one count of grand theft, in addition to two misdemeanor counts of defrauding an innkeeper and petty theft.
Gonzales now faces a maximum sentence of 13-years in prison if found guilty on all counts.
Dating apps have become a useful instrument for meeting other like-beings for this current generation. Unfortunately, a lot of participants using this technology don't do the proper research on their potential companions to maintain their safety or to ensure that they are indeed a genuine match for their personality and needs. With so many superficial expectations and people looking for all the right things in the wrong places, you could end up running into characters like this guy, Paul Gonzales, known as the California dine & dash serial dater.
This past week, the dine and dash serial dater struck again in Pasadena, California while meeting a blind date at Mercado restaurant.
Gonzales arrived early at the location and ordered shrimp tacos before his date showed, then introduced himself as "Mike" as two then ordered additional items together which led to the dine and dasher leaving to use the restroom upon finishing his meal. Unfortunately, Gonzales never returned and left his blind date stranded to handle the bill.
This isn't the first time that this has happened to an unexpecting woman in California. Another instance of Gonzales striking took place at a Pasadena, BJ's Pizzeria where he left another blind date stranded with the bill after claiming to receive a phone call and never returning.
To this day, Gonzales hasn't been caught and is still on the run eating free of charge. Ladies, be safe out there.