Man finally caught after faking heart attacks to avoid paying the bill in 20 different restaurants

The 50-year-old went to extreme lengths to get out of paying for his meals

Lydia Patrick
Friday 20 October 2023 17:25 BST

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A serial dine and dasher who faked having heart attacks to avoid paying the bill has finally been caught.

Aidas J, 50, who is of Lithuanian nationality and lives in Alicante scammed 20 eateries in the area by refusing to pay the bill.

He dramatically clutched his chest and fell to the floor as if he was having a heart attack, say several reports.

Putting on a stellar performance, Aidas masqueraded as a Russian tourist and mixed together multiple languages. He would order multiple items on the menu before refusing to pay, revealed Spanish newspaper El País.

The conman who dressed well in designer clothes always started with a Russian Salad, washed down with multiple glasses of whiskey, followed by a hearty main of entrecote or lobster, followed by more whisky for desert.

The twentieth time Aidas tried his luck in a year caught the attention of the police, when the manager of Buen Comer restaurant Moisés Doménech noticed him trying to flee.

Mr Doménech told the Sun when he attempted to spree, he fell to the floor.

She told the newspaper: “It was very theatrical, he pretended to faint and slumped himself down on the floor.”

The offender ordered two whiskeys and seafood paella at El Buen Corner, receiving a bill for 34.85 Euros.

He even sought medical attention for his ‘heart problems’ and was even admitted to hospital, report El País.

Aidas has only now been arrested after the last time he attempted to swerve the bill as he ignored court summons and fines, say the paper.

The spokesperson for Alicante National Police told Insider: "He was arrested multiple times in the city of Alicante. The modus operandi was the same," she said.

After a long string of offences, the conman has been jailed for 42 days but his crimes are considered minor as each bill was between £13 and £60.

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