There’s no such thing as a free lunch, except maybe in prison. And that’s where notorious Baltimore dine-and-dasher Andrew Palmer is headed after being convicted of theft when he skipped out on a $50 tab at Kona Grill on New Year’s Day. This marks Palmer’s 17th conviction for such behavior since 2007, but it may not be his last. Turns out, he is alleged to have faked a seizure to avoid paying his bill at Mo’s Seafood on New Year’s Eve.
Palmer was sentenced to 90 days, in line with a conviction of theft under $100. Interesting legal tidbit: the assistant state’s attorney originally had tacked on a second charge of theft under $1,000 on the airtight-yet-dubious logic “that the $50 bill was both less than $100 and less than $1,000.” Fair, but why not also charge him with theft under $1 million? At any rate, the judge rejected the greater charge.
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