Saturday, July 05, 2008

Brilliant plot goes awry

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (AP) -- A 52-year-old Milwaukee-area man has been accused of faking heart attacks to avoid paying restaurant bills and cab fares.

Police say the Waukesha man took a cab to a mall Monday and pretended to have a heart attack. The cabdriver left unpaid.

Authorities say the man then ran up a $23 bill when he had a steak dinner at Applebee's. He again pretended to have a heart attack.

This time the fire department took him to a hospital. A doctor there recognized the man as having pulled the same stunt in the past few weeks.

He was charged Thursday with defrauding a restaurant as a habitual criminal. He could get up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Applebee's? Really? This is another of those moments when you need to seriously evaluate the state of your life. You're faking a heart attack to get out of paying for a meal at Applebee's....and it's not even the first time you've done it!

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