A con man, Lithuanian national identified as Aidas J, has been arrested for faking heart attacks on 20 different restaurants to get out of paying for his meals in Spain.
The 50-year-old man, lives in the southeastern port city of Alicante and has acted like a “typical Russian tourist” while he ordered several items off the menu before refusing to pay the bill.
According to Spain’s EFE news agency, Aidas was first arrested for his scams in Nov. 2022 and his most recent encounter with the law was on 19th of September.
In his latest target, the scammer visited the El Buen Comer in the historic district of Alicante, Spain for dinner and ordered a seafood paella and two whiskeys, which cost roughly $36.80
When he finished his meal and drinks, the man attempted to leave but was stopped by restaurant staff who told him he had to pay.
At first Aidas, who has gotten the nickname “El Gastrojeta” said he needed to go back to his hotel to get the money.
He then claimed he felt “unwell” and threw himself to the ground
It was very theatrical, he pretended to faint and slumped himself down on the floor,” Moisés Doménech, the restaurant’s owner told the US Sun
The restaurant staff didn’t buy the man’s antics and called the cops who recognized the scammer from his prior arrests and once again took the man into custody.
Aidas confirmed his identity to the police when they arrived at the restaurant and requested an ambulance, but the officers verified he was fine and took him to the police station.
Aidas, usually dressed in designer clothing and talked by mixing several languages, would usually order a Russian Salad, “which he seems to like quite a bit,” an officer told Spain’s news agency.
One of the officers who arrested Aidas multiple times claims the man smiles when the police arrive and “He sees himself unpunished,” because he doesn’t care about spending a couple of days in jail before his short trial before the judge, according to the EFE news agency
Doménech has sent the man’s photo to the other nearby restaurants warning them not to serve the scammer.
Several of the local restaurants filed a joint criminal complaint against Aidas, seeking he be jailed for up to two years.
According to the Sun, Aidas has been jailed for 42 days because of two unpaid fines.