Homeless man Michael Andrew Phillips had a pretty delicious and extravagant meal at a five-star hotel in Jersey, but didn't pay for it. The 52-year-old sat in the bar at the Old Court House until staff told him he had to order something or get out.
Having been refused entry to homeless shelters around the island, Michael decided to indulge a bit in the finer things in life.
According to the Mirror, the homeless man ordered a prawn cocktail, rib eye steak and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne. He ordered two more bottles of wine before handing over his driver's license, for proof of identity, then asked for a room.
But hotel staff say there was no evidence of him actually staying in the room as it's believed he just left the building without paying for anything.
Even though he has no fixed address, authorities were able to track him down and charge him with criminally and fraudulently obtaining food and lodgings. Phillips' defence attorney John McCormick told the court: "My understanding is that he is currently excluded from the various shelters and that includes Sanctuary House."
He added that the 52-year-old wasn't on his medication on the day of the incident and he had no recollection of what happened.
Magistrate Bridget Shaw told Phillips: "You were not on the right medication at the time.
"As long as you keep taking your medication, there is no reason to believe that you will do anything like this again."
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He was ordered to pay the bill he had racked up that evening and was placed on a good behaviour bond for 12 months.
It's nearly as good an effort as Aussie rapper Terry Peck, who dined and dashed at Gold Coast seafood restaurant Omeros Brothers in the most peculiar way. After downing two lobsters, a baby octopus and 21 vodka oyster shots, his bill came to a whopping £375.
It is claimed that the bloke wiped his mouth, finished his Corona, then jumped into the ocean and tried to swim away. Unfortunately for Terry, police jumped on their jet skis and chased him down before he got too far; albeit at a very slow pace.
The 33-year-old claims that he only threw himself into the water because he heard his friend was having a baby. Sure, Terry.
He even went as far as saying that the lobster was a bit overcooked and the restaurant should be paying him.
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