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Man accused of dine-and-dashing outed by restaurant on Facebook

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A Nevada pub posted the picture of a man who left without paying his bill onto Facebook. He was later arrested by police. (Brewer's Cabinet/Facebook)

A Reno, Nev., man has been arrested after allegedly skipping out on a restaurant's check.

The Brewer's Cabinet, a bar and restaurant, posted a picture of the man they allege left without paying the bill for his and his friends' table, as well as having a physical confrontation with employees. They said an employee of the restaurant took the photo of the would-be patron.

The photo came with this description:

ATTN RENO: If you know, or see, this dude, please call RENO POLICE DEPT at 334-2121 immediately, and then remind him that his tab at The Brewer's Cabinet is still waiting to be paid.... and his tab at Campo.... and his tab at Imperial.... and his tab at Chapel... and his tab at many other fine establishments. And, while you're at it, you could tell him that visiting restaurants/bars with your friends, running up a huge bill, roughing up servers and then bailing is pretty uncool... pathetic, really. Get a life, man.



The photo was shared and commented on hundreds of times, with some restaurant owners who said they have been the subject of similar dine-n-dash antics by the same man. Other users shared his name and employment information, identifying him as Saul Zelaznog. The Brewer's Cabinet then informed local police of the incident.

On Thursday, Reno police confirmed they had arrested Zelaznog, although they said it was for violation of probation and not directly connected to the restaurant incident. KRNV News
reports that he's currently detained at a local jail.

The page owner did not clarify the nature of a physical confrontation between Zelaznog and its employee or employees, but did address questions on the matter.

"We do our very best to get our guests to pay their bill (when they are refusing to do so), but when it escalates, as this did, we have to look out for the interests of our staff and other guests. We would rather swallow the bill than risk anyone getting hurt."

Zelaznog told local news site the Reno Gazette-Journal that the incident was a misunderstanding, calling it a "useful disaster."

"They're acting like I ran out of there; I was going to be back to take care of my tab," Zelaznog told the Gazette-Journal. He said that while a similar incident happened at another restaurant, in that case he left a "nice watch" as collateral. The article doesn't name the restaurant in that case, nor whether they accepted anything as collateral.

The Gazette-Journal also reports that Zelasnog goes by the name Saul Gonzales, according to public record (Zelasnog is Gonzales spelled backwards).

Most commenters on the Brewer's Cabinet Facebook page were supportive of the restaurant.

"I say high five Brewer's Cabinet for having the nerve to post this. I'm sure the rest of our small local establishments will be thankful he's not trolling the streets anymore," wrote Danielle Wells-Velazquez on the page.

Have you ever dined and dashed before? Have you worked at a restaurant or other establishment when such an event occurred, and if so how did the manager or owners handle it?

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