The Los Angeles “Dine-and-Dash Dater” has been exposed. The LA County District Attorney’s Office has charged Paul Guadalupe Gonzales with multiple charges of theft and extortion, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to.
… Gonzales had become a bit of an urban legend around area online dating communities and apps. In addition to scamming his online dates by leaving restaurants before the bill arrived, he was also charged with allegedly scamming a hair salon of their services, following his same pattern of leaving without paying. Thanks to a handful of other charges Gonzales could get up to 13 years in prison.
… Gonzales, who’s 45, began his string of alleged scamming in 2016, and continued until at least April of this year. Gonzales used online dating sites and apps to meet women who he would invite to dinner. He would eat a substantial meal, have some drinks, and then exit the scene in a variety of different ways. In some cases, it is alleged he would excuse himself to the restroom or to take a call, and then simply walk out of the restaurant leaving his date stuck with the bill.