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Return of the St. Louis Scamwich Artist? Suspect Dupes More Restaurants Out of Food

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Quiason tells Gut Check that a man called about a week ago claiming that he had ordered two turkey sandwiches on wheat bread and Nora's had given him white bread.

As is the restaurant's usual policy, he was told that next time he came in, they would comp the sandwiches. Since Nora's doesn't get a lot of those types of calls, Quiason was already a little suspicious. He pulled up Gut Check's story from last fall and then checked the caller ID for the phone number that the customer used to make the complaint.

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       Unlike this photo, Nora's was packed on Thursday when the Scamwich Artist came calling. |        Madelaine Azar

The name came up as Charles Daniel, and the customer had given the name "Mike." That said, Quiason figured it wasn't Kerman. (Little did Quaison know that real-estate records list a "Charles Daniel" as the owner of the property where Kerman is believed to live in St. Louis county.)

Then, yesterday, the same man called back to Nora's and ordered two more turkey sandwiches, but on gluten-free bread (which costs extra) and with a side of soup. He was told he'd have to pay extra for the bread and the soup, but the base price of the sandwiches would be comped.

Mitchell Kerman came in to Nora's during the lunch rush and told server Katy Miller that he had a to-go order that "should be taken care of."

"He really was trying come in and pick it up and get the whole thing for free and leave," Miller says. "He was an awkward guy. He was uncomfortable, and he was trying to rush through the process."

Quiason spotted Kerman from the kitchen and immediately recognized him. He tried to snap a photo with his phone but couldn't get a clear picture. Quiason didn't want to make a big scene in front of all the other customers waiting for their food, so Kerman was allowed to pay the difference and leave.

Gut Check couldn't reach Kerman yesterday to question him about Nora's. But earlier in the week we successfully contacted him to discuss -- briefly -- what happened at Onesto. Kerman confirmed that he was at the south St. Louis restaurant on Tuesday but denied getting free food. Moreover, he said he won't be returning to Onesto again.

Too bad. Brutcher was looking forward to it.

"I want him to try and come in again," says Onesto's manager. "I'm going to embarrass him when he comes in. I just want to publicly embarrass him, is what I want to do."

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. Email the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.




Location Info

Onesto Pizza and Trattoria

5401 Finkman St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Nora's

1136 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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ddgg
ddgg

typical jew


Andrew Kamadulski
Andrew Kamadulski

More like a bullet in the head. Or maybe his hands chopped off.

Cheryl McCormack
Cheryl McCormack

This guy also goes around to grocery stores...steals barbasol shaving cream off the shelf and then tries to return it for money at the courtesy center. He has been doing this for MANY years!

max_in_missouri
max_in_missouri

A girl I work with was talking about how she does this stuff all the time just last week... I hope they bust her ass and publicly humiliate her lol

Erica Kelly
Erica Kelly

I didn't read it either, but that is definitely Nora's.

Allen Ward
Allen Ward

One quote (out of context) and an image of an empty restaurant ISN'T the way to get my attention and read the story. I already don't care.

Chris Fitzgerald
Chris Fitzgerald

It doesn't really surprise me that an ACCOUNTANT from LADUE would be the one to do this... does it surprise you?

David Clarke
David Clarke

He must need to save money for a new toupee.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Wow must be an OCD thing or maybe the guy is just a douche

Tyler Duddy
Tyler Duddy

This guy came in a few times when I worked at Maggie Moo's in Ladue! We caught on the third time and called him out, he paid and left and didn't return (while I was there at least). I am absolutely sure this is the same man. He always got two yogurts when he tricked us, is his other half aware?!

Rags2
Rags2

I worked in the restaurant business for a long time, and people do this all the time, claim something was wrong with their meal to get something comped because they know that is the policy at most places.  Doesn't make it right but certainly doesn't make this guy unique.

Jenny Sandifer
Jenny Sandifer

What this guy is doing is completely wrong. However, the owner of Onesto saying that he wants to "publicly embarrass" the guy is totally unprofessional.

Eric
Eric

@Jenny Sandifer I'd rather dine somewhere that has a staff with integrity, backbone, and a sense of humor over somewhere that you deem professional any time.


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