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'Gin and tonic' bandit arrested

'Gin and tonic' bandit arrested

A scofflaw who came to be known as the gin and tonic bandit went to the same restaurant every Wednesday for a month, ordered two drinks and a rib-eye steak, then skipped out on his $25.96 (euro19.49) bill.
His dining, drinking and dashing days might be over.
Police arrested Douglas Samulak, 56, of Nashville, on preliminary charges of theft and resisting law enforcement. He was jailed on a $2,000 (euro1,500) bond.
Each Wednesday night for four weeks running, the same man had come into the same O'Charley's restaurant and ordered the two drinks and the steak, restaurant manager Teresa Tolbert told police.
At the end of each meal, the wait staff would present him with his bill for $25.96 (euro19.49), and he would excuse himself to use the restroom, then skip out without paying.
The man appeared a fifth time Wednesday night, but the restaurant was ready for him, police said.
When his server presented the bill, he again claimed he needed to use the bathroom. But when he walked out of the restaurant, four employees were waiting for him. They confronted him about the unpaid bill, the man "got nervous and ran out of the restaurant," a police report said.
As he was fleeing, the man encountered Police Officer Randy Gehlhausen, who caught up with the man as he was trying to open his car door. The diner struggled with Gehlhausen, who wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him.