A Guy Pretended to Get Stood Up to Get Strangers to Buy His Dinner

There's nothing quite like exploiting the kindness of strangers. There's a 27-year-old guy named Stephen Bonser in the D.C. area, and he came up with a convoluted scheme to get a free meal on Valentine's Day. He went to an Outback Steakhouse on Valentine's Day and PRETENDED he got stood up to see if someone would buy him dinner. He dressed up, ordered a glass of wine for his "date," and then sat there for HOURS looking sad. And he live tweeted the whole thing, of course. Well it WORKED. A couple at the bar bought him his dinner including a steak, a side of mac and cheese, and some drinks. Stephen felt guilty enough about the scam that he wound up giving his waiter a $20 tip and making a $50 donation to the ACLU, I guess to balance out his karma. Outback found out about what he did the next day, and they LIKED the stunt, they even tweeted to him that he could bring a REAL date one day and they'd cover the meal.



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