Dine and Dash Dater and What to Do If It Happens to You

Dine and Dash Dater

PASADENA (CBSLA) — He takes going Dutch to a whole new extreme.

Not only does this dater NOT pay for your meal, he doesn’t pay for his own.

Even though CBS2/KCAL9 has done stories about the infamous dine-and-dasher he’s still finding victims.

CBS2’s Rachel Kim spoke to another woman who was stuck with an expensive bill.

“He was good looking… right away I think, why did he choose me?,” says a woman we will call Michelle.

She soon found out why Paul Gonzales wanted to have dinner after meeting on a dating app. She didn’t want to be identified but wanted to spread the word that the “Dine-and-Dash” dater just did it to her at Smitty’s Bar and Grill in Pasadena.

“He ordered a salad with shrimp, a filet mignon, yes, he went all out,” Michelle said.

As he washed down the main course with two cups of coffee, Michelle says Paul told her he was worried because his aunt is very sick.

“All of a sudden he’s all, oh, my phone’s dying and I’m waiting on the call from my mom about my aunt. I’m going to go to the car to get my charger and then my first comment to him when he got up was oh what, you’re not coming back?,” she said.

After 10 minutes, Michelle realized he wasn’t. She was stuck with the $130 bill and paid it.

“I didn’t mention it to the restaurant, nothing. I think I was more embarrassed, my pride was just like, you know, I felt dumb,” Michelle said.

At the time, Michelle had no idea Gonzales has been accused of the same routine, rather routinely. He did the same at Mercardo Restaurant last week, another woman at BJ’s last March, and at least two other women who’ve all told CBS2/KCAL9 their stories.

“In California, it’s a crime to dine-and-dash,” says attorney Kelly Chang Rickert.

She says if you become a victim of dining and dashing, make a police report because it is a crime against the restaurant.

“You can be jailed for up to six months or fined up to $1,000 if your dine-and-dash bill was under $950,” Rickert says.

Michelle’s pride may be hurt, but she’s mad. She decided to call him and give him a piece of her mind. No answer on his cell, but she wants him to answer for his actions.

“I think he owes every woman an apology,” Michelle says, “I think that would humble him by having to apologize to the women.”

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Kelly Chang Rickert

Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. She is frequently quoted in the media, and is a legal expert for Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley and Madonna divorce and custody cases.

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