Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, was dubbed the “dine-and-dash dater” after accusations surfaced that he repeatedly abandoned his dates, leaving behind massive dinner bills that he failed to pay. He faced multiple charges for his actions, and ultimately pleaded guilty to “three misdemeanor counts of defrauding an innkeeper by nonpayment and one misdemeanor count of petty theft.”
Prosecutors stated that Gonzales met women in the Los Angeles area through dating apps and websites between May 2016 and April 2018. He would take his dates to dinner, allegedly ordering fancy dishes featuring lobster and expensive wine, and then skip out on his date, leaving the women stuck with the bills for his meal.
“Eight women purportedly ended up paying the bill themselves, one in the belief that the defendant was going to pay her back, while in two other instances the restaurants picked up the check,” said the prosecutor in a statement.
According to one victim, Gonzales “ordered a salad with shrimp, a filet mignon.”
“Yes, he went all out,” she added.
Last Tuesday, Gonzales pleaded no contest to the charges. According to a report by Fox News, Superior Court Judge Stan Blumenfeld delivered a sentence of 120 days in county jail as well as three years on probation.
Additionally, Gonzales is required to pay restitution for skipping out on the bills as well as remain at least 100 yards away from five restaurants.
He is also prohibited from using websites, like Bumble, and dating apps as part of his sentence, and, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, is subject to search and seizure conditions for electronic devices.
Gonzales is scheduled to begin serving his sentence on January14.
“He doesn’t have to worry about any meals now,” one of the victims joked after the ruling. “He’s gonna get three square meals a day.”