BALTIMORE - Baltimore's restaurant community is dubbing 46-year-old Andrew Palmer as the city's serial 'dine and dasher.' Police say he's been arrested at least seven times within the past year for ducking out without paying his bill.
"People have walked out on checks before, but I've never heard of a serial guy who comes in and is consistently doing this to all sorts of restaurants," said Priam Chun, General Manager at Turp's Sports Bar & Restaurant.
Palmer comes in with a hefty appetite.
According to documents obtained by ABC2, he walked out of Sullivan's Steakhouse this summer after ordering several cocktails, chicken, lobster, steak, and a coffee. Now, he's at it again.
"He got his coat on, acted like he was getting ready leave, then just kind of started nodding out, then he passed out at the bar," said Jesse Sandlin, Executive Chef at Oliver Speck's.
On Saturday, Palmer racked up more than $90 in food and drinks, but Sandlin says he didn't make it to see the bill.
"When we were trying to wake him up, I was like, 'Did we kill somebody?!' We were looking for a bracelet, or something; maybe he was on medication," Sandlin said.
But it's a scene EMS crews know all too well.
"As soon as the paramedics got here, they're like, 'Um, it looks like our guys back. They had recognized him," Sandlin says.
The next night, he carried out the same plan: hefty tab, no cash, new excuse.
"He just told us that he got robbed by three guys and had no money," says Jeri Shuck, who was working at Turp's when it happened.
"When the police came they let us know, 'Oh, we know this guy.' They actually referred to him by his first name, Andy. They said, 'We know Andy.' Then they took him away in the paddy wagon," Chun said.
According to documents, Palmer is also known to fake several other medical emergencies to skip paying his tab.
"It's kind of a crappy situation for everyone. Waste of paramedics time, it costs us money, it's wasting taxpayers money, and emergency resources that could be elsewhere dealing with real emergencies," Sandlin says.
Palmer was arrested and remains behind bars.
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