Who are you? Seizures to avoid restaurant bills
Posted: August 3rd, 2012 - 5:19pm by Doug Powell
I saw The Who in the summer of 1980, just before the first of their never-ending farewell tours, at Toronto’s Exhibition stadium. We’d stayed up most of the night before crashing on a friend’s lawn, went to the show early to get good seats on lawn, and sat through several opening bands, including Heart.
But by the time Pete and Roger and John hit the stage (Keith was dead), we were weary. And the band sucked. You can tell from these clips they were sorta bored, and Pete was doing his solo thing. Our great seats, however, had morphed into a sea of people, and we couldn’t move. It was hot, and we wanted to back off.
My friend Dave told me to roll my eyes in the back of my head, and he managed to make the people part by yelling “seizure, seizure,” as he dragged me towards the back of the stadium. It worked.
According to The Eater, police in Baltimore are warning restaurants that a notorious scammer — who would "fake seizures to avoid paying the check" — has been released from prison. The Baltimore Sun explains: "Unable to rouse him, the restaurant staff would call 911, and the scammer was limoed off by paramedics to the nearest emergency room. From there, depending on whether the restaurant was pressing charges, [he'd] either quietly absconded or was arrested by the police."