Guelph man feigns illness to avoid paying bar bill — twice, police say

A 39-year-old Guelph man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining food after he pretended to be sick as a way to get out of paying his bar bill at two different bars.

Man appeared to become sick while at a Guelph bar, but paramedics say he was fine

Police say the man had some alcoholic beverages, then appeared to go into medical distress. Paramedics didn't find anything physically wrong with the man and police were called. (CBC)

A Guelph man faked being sick and paramedics were called in a ploy to get out of paying his bar tab, police say.

Late Wednesday night, the man was in a downtown establishment and consumed some alcoholic beverages.

"Before he paid for his drinks, he appeared to develop some medical distress and an ambulance was called to assist him," police said in a release.

Police were called when it was learned the same situation had occurred earlier in the evening with the same man at a different establishment.

EMS staff said the man was not intoxicated and he was not suffering from a medical condition.

"It is alleged that the male feigned illness to avoid paying his bill," police said.

A 39-year-old Guelph man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining food and will appear in court at a later date.

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