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Man Handed A 3-Year Prison Sentence For Refusing To Pay For Dinner

Michael Thrasher
Gorat's Steakhouse


An Illinois man is going to jail for three years after refusing to pay his bill at a local steakhouse, the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier reported .

The man, Anthony Malabehar, reportedly  entered an  Alamo Steakhouse in Mattoon on April 4, ordered an appetizer and entrée — with drinks — then claimed he couldn't pay the approximately $70 bill.

He was charged with theft, a misdemeanor, but due to his previous record was sentenced to three years in prison, ordered to pay restitution to the restaurant in the amount of the bill and fined $100, the paper reported.

According to a prosecutor, this was the second time this year that Malabehar had eaten at a restaurant, refused to pay and then sat and waited for authorities to arrive. He gave no reason for why he "dined and dashed," minus the "dash."

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