In a case of theatrics and real life combining in very bad behavior, Latvian actor and film director Janis Nords won't be eating nearly as well in prison as he was before he was arrested in London last Tuesday on a charge of dashing out of nine expensive English restaurants without paying the bill.
An unemployed film student, Nords, 28, says he had a good excuse for skipping out on his restaurant tabs: He wanted to impress "a high-maintenance blonde."
The blonde in question wasn't charged, but she did join Nords for a cigarette outside the victimized restaurants before he dashed off without paying a bill.
After dining lavishly on expensive champagne and plates of foie gras, Nords was tossed into
jail this week after pleading guilty to stiffing a
series of expensive boites.
Maybe it's the economy, but more dining-and-dashing seems to be taking place in America, too. Last month, a Buffalo Wild Wings waiter in Skokie, Illinois, risked his life by jumping on a fleeing SUV operated by a Chicago 18-year-old with his two teenage pals.The young men were arrested and charged with battery and theft after running out on a $51 restaurant tab.
It's usually casual dining chains and pizza joints that seem to be targeted by young, impulsive diners, like the 19-year-old in Encinatas, California, arrested last week for ripping off a Denny's to the tune of $47.59.
But not all the recent dine-and-dashers have been poor post-adolescents. Even the expensively gowned and tightly pulled stars of The Real Wives of Beverly Hills stiffed a weeping waiter at Serafina this week on the Bravo TV series. The waiter was understandably upset -- it was his second dine-and-dash in a week. Luckily for the server, the reality show's cameraman pulled out a credit card at the last minute.
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