The Scamwich Artist Returns to Frida's Deli

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Mitchell Kerman, photographed by Mike Johnson at his restaurant, Sugarfire Smokehouse, in Olivette.
Natasha Kwan, the owner of Frida's Deli (622 North and South Road, University City; 314-727-6500), couldn't believe her eyes.

It was Tuesday -- only one day since Gut Check broke the story of a Scamwich Artist who has allegedly scammed or tried to scam free food from Kwan's and several other area establishments -- and who should be standing at Frida's counter during the lunch rush but the Scamwich Artist himself: Mitchell Kerman.

Kwan tells Gut Check that she was in Frida's back office when Kerman arrived yesterday, but the employee working the counter recognized him and summoned her. Kwan headed for the front of the restaurant -- though not before preparing her phone's video camera to record the encounter.

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Kerman had called in a carryout order under the name "Mike." Kwan says she immediately confronted him over this pseudonym: "Your name's Mitch Kerman."

He confirmed that it was.

She quoted him the total for his carryout order and then asked him, referring to his prior visit to Frida's, "Are you going to pay for the burgers I gave you for free?"

He mumbled that he would.

"I expect you to tip my staff," she added.

He did.

Kwan tells Gut Check she couldn't resist one last twist of the knife.

"Well," she said to him, "I'm sure you've seen the article."

He nodded.

More than anything, though, the Scamwich Artist's return unnerved Kwan. Until he'd followed through and paid for his food, she didn't know what exactly he intended to do.

"He didn't say, 'Hey, can I speak to a manager?'" she says. "He didn't make eye contact."

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Location Info

Frida's Deli

622 N. and South Road, University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

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David Clarke
David Clarke

Maybe if retail outlets took a page from restaurateurs, we wouldn't have such long lines at check outs caused by people screaming and throwing a fit in order to get something at a discount or free. Why should sane and polite people pay full price and lose time out of their day so that a cheapskate can get his way using what I can only describe as reality show behavior.


They should have all restaurants post his photo at the cash register!

Ryan Sea
Ryan Sea

you know what they say once a scamwhich.. always a scamwich.

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

I say he should double down, go into Ted Drewes and claim they screwed up his oil change and demand restitution! Go to Collinsville and claim the giant catsup bottle gave him salmonella! Sue Dirt Cheap because their chicken was too greasy..."you sell chicken here right? cheap cheap!" Sue the point because Cheapo Depot Freds facebook freak of the week gave him the strangest boner!

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

this apology tour is only going to make him look weak in front of restauranteurs!

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