Man banned from eating at all restaurants after running up huge bills and leaving without payingBy Mason White 3:20 AM March 8, 2016
By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested on a charge of theft after running up large bills at upscale restaurants before walking out the door without paying, police in the United Kingdom said.
Now, 45-year-old Neil Rogers of Lancashire, has been banned from all the restaurants in the country except fast-food joints, where he will be required to pay for his food in advance.
Rogers was also sentenced to serve 24 weeks in prison, but it was suspended for two years.
According to the police investigation, Rogers loved to impress his friends by inviting them for meals at upscale restaurants across the city.
However, he would routinely leave the restaurants without paying his bills. At one restaurant, Rogers spent 248 pounds before trying to pay with a credit card that he knew would be declined.
At another restaurant, Rogers ran up a bill of 187 pounds, but he left without paying. He also admitted running up taxi bills and leaving without paying the drivers.
Rogers pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft, but 13 additional counts were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.