VERO BEACH – A man who tried to leave without paying his bill at Ay Jalisco’s in Vero Beach told police the food was ‘substandard,’ according to the Vero Beach Police Department.
Police say, William Alexander McNaughton, 41, ordered $22.57 worth of food and alcohol before trying to escape from the restaurant without paying.
A restaurant employee told officers that McNaughton wanted to order more food, but they asked him to pay his bill first. McNaughton then got up and tried to leave.
“[The employee] stated she moved to the front door of the restaurant to lock the door and prevent Mr. McNaughton from leaving,” the officer said.
McNaughton then allegedly shoved the employee into the door, causing her glasses to fall off and bruising to her right elbow while trying to make his escape. The employee managed to lock the door again and advised McNaughton that police were called, according to the report.
A witness in the restaurant told a similar story as the victim, the report said.
“Mr. McNaughton stated he refused to pay for his food because it was substandard and he was ‘only trying to leave’ the establishment when law enforcement was contacted,” the officer said.
McNaughton said he did not shove the employee because he is “not stupid,” according to the affidavit.
McNaughton was charged with battery, defrauding an innkeeper, and petit theft in the 1st degree.
In November, McNaughton was arrested on a charge of petit theft. As a result, the judge revoked his bond at the Indian River County Jail.
This isn’t the first time people were caught stealing from the Ay! Jalisco’s restaurant in Vero Beach.
In December 2016, employees tackled a man after he left the restaurant. The man ordered $156.63 worth of food and alcoholic beverages. He told police that the employees “added food and drinks to his bill that were never ordered.” During his arrest, police found a bottle of hot sauce in his pocket that belonged to the restaurant.
In February 2017, a man tried to leave Ay! Jalisco’s without paying for a pitcher of beer. The Vero Beach man became belligerent after the restaurant manager asked whether he intended to pay his bill before leaving. When questioned by the police on why he ordered the drinks when he had no money, the man became angry and balled up his fists.
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