A “dine-and-dash dater” who invited ladies out to eating places earlier than sneaking off with out paying has been jailed for 120 days.

Paul Gonzales, 45, has additionally been banned from utilizing relationship apps and ordered to repay the Los Angeles eateries that he neglected of pocket.

He pleaded no contest to fraud and petty theft costs.

Gonzales was arrested in August after police obtained complaints from 10 ladies who had met Gonzales on-line between Could 2016 and April 2018.

The ladies mentioned he supplied to take them out for dinner earlier than vanishing with out paying following the meal. Eight have been pressured to foot the invoice themselves.

Gonzales had initially confronted felony costs of extortion and grand theft, which might have led to him being jailed for years.

However a decide in Pasadena dominated these costs weren’t “acceptable” and tried him just for three misdemeanour counts of defrauding an innkeeper by non-payment and certainly one of petty theft.

Gonzales was sentenced to a few years on probation following the completion of his jail time period. He will likely be banned from utilizing the Loads of Fish web site and Bumble relationship app whereas on probation.

Gonzales was additionally ordered to repay a salon he had left with out paying following a hair reduce.

Two of the eating places which he left with out paying lined the fee themselves, mentioned Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s Workplace.

On the others, Gonzales’s dates footed payments of as much as $200 (£155).

“I felt humiliated a bit bit,” mentioned Martha Barba, who  Gonzales had assured he would pay for his or her meal when he prompt consuming at Houston’s, an upmarket restaurant in Pasadena.

She added: “He stored saying, ‘I acquired you. Order no matter you need. It’s on me. Don’t fear about it.’ He ordered steak, wine, salad, simply no matter you possibly can order.”

Gonzales “talked about one thing about Facetiming together with his youngsters” after they ate, Ms Barba mentioned. He went exterior and didn’t return.

One other of his dates, deserted by Gonzales in Mercado restaurant, joked after his arrest: “He doesn’t have to fret about any meals now; he’s gonna get three sq. meals a day.”

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