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When attractive 44-year-old Paul Gonzales asked a California woman out on a date, she was super excited. He seemed to be a fun guy based on their online conversation. So, when he suggested they grab dinner together as their first date, she was on board with the plan. Things were great and she was even looking forward to dating him again.
But when the bill for the meal arrived, Gonzales was nowhere to be found. She waited and waited. But then realized the cold, hard truth. She had been ditched and left to pay the expensive bill.
She was the just the latest victim of the dine-and-dash-dater, who has done the same thing to other women online. On Sunday, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous admitted that she unexpectedly joined Gonzales’s club of wronged women after he fled the bill after enjoying a feast at BJ’s in Pasadena.
When she met Gonzales on the dating app Bumble, she really liked him before agreeing to meet for dinner.
But she never saw the warning sign, when Gonzales eagerly spent $50 on food for himself alone.
“A glass of Pinot, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak, and a baked potato.”
Once Gonzales had eaten everything except for half of his baked potato, he excused himself to take a call on his phone. But then he never returned.
“The waiter came back and said, ‘He’s not out there, is this a first date?’” she told CBS Los Angeles. “And I said, ‘Yes, this is a first blind date,’ and he said, ‘He’s gone.’”
BJ’s was nice enough to pay for the meal. They just asked her to pay for the wine. Nonetheless, she is angry at becoming the latest victim from the serial dine-and-dash dater.
In August last year, another woman reported the same problem. Gonzales fled before the bill came for their first date in Long Beach.
“This guy is obnoxious,” she said at the time, as he ordered $100 of food just for himself. “First of all, who orders two entrees? But he excused it by saying he was a bodybuilder.”
His fist victim to come forward, Diane Guilmette, said he abandoned her with the bill at Morton’s Steakhouse in Burbank last August.
“He ordered a lot of food,” she told CBS 2. “He had an appetizer. He ordered a steak. This restaurant is all al la carte. He even ordered a couple sides, a glass of wine. So he was looked like he was really enjoying himself.”
He abandoned Guilmette with a $163 bill.
She tried to message her on Plenty of Fish, the dating app where they met, but he blocked her.
When Gonzales’s photos were released, police identified him as a person who cut and runs from a hair salon in February last year. Maybe he gets a rush from avoiding bills.
He has two outstanding warrants for his arrest because he didn’t show up to court. He has been to jail several times for misdemeanors.
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