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Man Arrested For Ordering Expensive Food And Booze And Then Doing A Runner

Man Arrested For Ordering Expensive Food And Booze And Then Doing A Runner

Just because you have the money to do something doesn't mean that you should. And if you don't have the money to do something, then you definitely shouldn't.

A case in point is the story of 21-year-old Nick Cooper, who has been arrested for ordering prohibitively expensive food and drink at some of the fanciest hotels in Washington DC - and then doing a runner.

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According to the Metro, the British citizen from Birkenhead, Merseyside has been arrested six times in the past month.

The first time was on 9 March, when the Secret Service picked him up near the White House for refusing to move on a street while drunk. We've all been there, but getting arrested by the Secret Service takes it to a whole new level.

It seems that wasn't just a one-off, though and Mr Cooper continued to leave a trail of mild destruction wherever he went.

He was next arrested for failing to obey police after he tried to escape from then and followed that up by using a fake name at the Willard Intercontinental hotel, allegedly spending $68.20 (that's about £50) at the bar using a fake name.

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On 13 March, he stopped by the renowned Willard Intercontinental Hotel and allegedly spent $68.20 (£50) at the bar using a fake name.

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Cooper - who, according to those have met him, says he's from Kensington in London - was then arrested later that week for damaging a glass door at the Embassy Row Hotel and for trying to resist officers.

And after dining at the Ritz-Carlton a few days later, he was again apprehended for using a fake name to order grilled octopus and a rack of lamb at the Ritz-Carlton, as well as a $156 (£110) bottle of cabernet sauvignon and a $100 (£70) bottle of Moet Imperial.

His most audacious stunt, however, was ordering a $1,200 (£850) shot of 34-year-old Teeling Irish single malt whiskey, which - obviously - is normally kept in a vault because it's so expensive.

High end bars have been circulating his picture and warning staff to not serve him if he shows up. He was also arrested earlier this week for contempt of court on suspicion of ignoring a judge's orders to stay away from the White House.

According to the Sun, his lawyer has pleaded not guilty on his behalf to charges of second degree theft, while court documents claim Cooper begged at least twice for officers to shoot him when he was arrested. Which adds a slightly sinister and disturbing tone to the whole affair, really.

Featured Image Credit: Nick Cooper

Topics: uk news, News, Washington, US News

Mischa Pearlmen

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]