A Facebook post shows an unknown man who allegedly has been walking out on bills at Calgary restaurants and pubs and allegedly been stealing items. Calgary Police made an arrest in the case Thursday.
A moustachioed man who has allegedly been skipping out on restaurant bills around Calgary had his last feed of wings Thursday afternoon before being arrested.Amamda Zoschke, assistant general manager at the Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar at 15 Sunpark Plaza S.E., said a man in a black cowboy hat moseyed into that establishment Thursday afternoon.He ordered wings and had several pints of beer before a patron at the restaurant brought him to the staff’s attention.“A guest that was sitting at the bar recognized him from a Facebook post that was shared to him an hour earlier,” said Zoschke.He showed that post to staff, who made a call to the Calgary police non-emergency line.He said, ‘Oh, I guess no one is coming for my birthday.”Amamda Zoschke“There’s a cop station right across the street from us, so they sent someone over right away,” she said.Zoschke said the cowboy didn’t have any roses this time around — something he’s said to have carried with him in other cases — but he did begin to tell a story he had reportedly told at other Calgary restaurants.“On Facebook, it said he was telling everyone it was his birthday, and he had just started his play-by-play with me,” she said.“He said, ‘Oh, I guess no one is coming for my birthday.’ ”Zoschke said the suspect didn’t protest much when police arrived.“They did arrest him right at the table, which was kind of awkward for everyone else,” she said. “The other tables were like, ‘What’s going on?’”Related
A spokeswoman for Calgary police confirmed the service made an arrest that was related to the dine-and-dashes.Michael Gene Roderick Huppie, 32, faces one charge of fraudulently obtaining food and one charge of obstructing a peace officer. He also had several outstanding warrants issued in other jurisdictions including Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton.Police expect to lay more charges and are asking any other restaurants that may have been affected to contact the service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.Zoschke said the suspect did not pay his tab before he was taken away by police.“He didn’t even have a wallet on him,” she firstname.lastname@example.orgOn Twitter: @brodie_thomas