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Unbeknownst to the others, Rose has ordered a bottle of the most expensive bottle of champagne in the place.
As the bubbly is being sipped, the group realizes they can’t afford the luxury.
Quick-thinking Sophia sprinkles salt in her glass, takes a swig, loudly spits it out, and proceeds to cause a scene.
The waiter apologizes and offers to comp all the dinners.
Of course, that doesn’t happen in real life.
From the January 18th edition of the Waukesha Freeman:
Fake chest pains allegedly used to dodge dinner bill
Complaint alleges man has repeated behavior at various restaurants throughout area
By BRIAN HUBER Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – A Waukesha man went to a local restaurant, ate and faked an illness, even having an ambulance summoned, in order to get out of paying his $39 bill, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Robert Farnam, 52, was ordered held on $150 cash bail Thursday after being charged with issuing a worthless check, defrauding an innkeeper and two counts of bail jumping.
The complaint against him alleged he was at the Chancery Restaurant, 2100 E. Moreland Blvd., on Wednesday night, where he ordered $39 worth of food and drinks and then complained of chest pain. But a restaurant employee heard Farnam say he did not have any means to pay for his meal while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, the complaint said.
“The fire department personnel indicated that they have had frequent contacts with (Farnam) as he was known to call for an ambulance complaining of chest pain after eating at various local restaurants and then requesting transportation to the hospital without paying for his meals,” the complaint said.
Farnam allegedly told a police officer he did not have his wallet on him because he left it at church earlier in the day, the complaint said.
But a restaurant employee gave police a copy of a $41 check Farnam wrote to the Chancery on Oct. 24, which was returned because the account was closed, the complaint alleged.
Waukesha Police Capt. Mike Babe said Thursday police have logged at least five contacts with Farnam since Dec. 30.
The first came after he allegedly tried to write an $80 check at Pick ’n Save, 1535 E. Moreland Blvd., on Dec. 30, but the store had posted alerts regarding prior bad checks by him, a criminal complaint in that case said.
On Jan. 4 and Jan. 9, Farnam was cited by police after failing to pay his fare for cab rides from Milwaukee, Babe said. On Jan. 6, Waukesha police arrested him on a warrant from the town of Brookfield police regarding a complaint of defrauding an innkeeper there, Babe said.
The bail jumping charges stem from alleged new law violations committed while on bail for the Dec. 30 incident, as well as an unrelated charge of fourth-degree sexual assault. Farnam is to appear in court again Monday.
So, yes, that’s a culinary no-no, but today’s version is still to come.