Serial 'dine and dasher' sentenced to five years in jail for scam

BALTIMORE - A man who has become infamous around Baltimore for ordering meals at area restaurants and then faking a medical emergency to avoid payment was sentenced to five years in jail.

According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Andrew Palmer, 47, was sentenced to 10 years prison with all but five years suspended for trying to get out of an $89 bill in food and beverages at Oliver Speck’s Eats and Drinks, a restaurant located at 507 S. Exeter Street before it closed.

The state’s attorney said after receiving his bill, Palmer slumped over in his chair and appeared to be unconscious. Employees at the restaurant called 911. Paramedics responded to the scene and instantly recognized Palmer, who they each had personally treated at least five prior times for false emergency calls at restaurants.

After determining that his vital signs were stable, the medics transported Palmer to an area hospital because he remained unresponsive. On the way to the hospital, Palmer suddenly woke up and stated, “I have no money to pay for my food and beers so I was faking.”

Palmer pled guilty to theft less than $1,000 and falsely causing an ambulance to be called. After his sentence, Palmer will be placed on three years of supervised probation. If he were to “dine and dash” while on probation, he could face another five years in prison for the violation, in addition to any sentenced imposed for the new incident.

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