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A Serial Dine-And-Dasher Keeps Leaving Blind Dates with the Dinner Bill in LA

A lot of women in LA are now familiar with TFW an asshole eats a bunch of steak, says he's going to the bathroom, and then ghosts.
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The worst man on earth has been identified and—don't jump to conclusions—he does not currently hold public office. This dude is a serial dine-and-dasher, but to make matters worse, he continually leaves his blind dates, who he typically meets on apps such as Bumble, at the table.

Yes, he's alleged to be handsome, and, yes, his online dating profile is evidently compelling enough to land him plenty of dates. And he has highfalutin tastes too, preferring to order steak, shrimp, and a nice glass of pinot. Several women in the LA area tell CBS 2 Los Angeles that he ditched them at the table, claiming that he had to make a call.


This horror of a man goes by the name of Paul or Dave Gonzales.

"He said, 'Are you available at all this weekend for dinner?' I said, 'Yes, how about Sunday?' " explained one woman, who declined to be identified when speaking with CBS Los Angeles.

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"A glass of pinot, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak and a baked potato," said another unnamed blind date about Gonzales' preferred order. Once he had devoured most of his meal, she said, "He left maybe half a baked potato and then received a phone call and said 'I need to take this call.'"

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Then, this happened: "The waiter came back and said 'He's not out there. Is this a first date? And I said: 'Yes, this is a first blind date, and he said, 'He's gone.' "

On another date that took place more than a year ago, Gonzales said he was a bodybuilder and ordered two entrees for a total of $100, leaving his date stranded with the bill. "He says, 'I'm going to the bathroom, I'll be right back' and he never did," explained the abandoned date.

According to CBS 2, one of the duped dates was comped Gonzales' meal after he dashed, but she still had to pay for his glass of wine.

LA's District Attorney's Office states that 44-year-old Gonzales happens to currently have two bench warrants out for his arrest after he failed to show up to court for petty theft and driving without a license.

Will LA's restaurants and blind daters ever be free of their mysterious dine-and-dasher? Only time will tell. But once the truth gets out, it will probably be a lot harder for him to land a Bumble date.