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

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       Todd Brutcher dares the Scamwich Artist to come back to Onesto. | Sarah Baraba

Is the man who conned several St. Louis restaurants into giving him free food last year up to his old tricks? Todd Brutcher, manager of Onesto Pizza and Trattoria (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883), thinks so after a run-in this week with the alleged Scamwich Artist.

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Brutcher tells Gut Check that on Tuesday he overheard one of his servers talking to a customer who wanted food comped because the restaurant allegedly messed up his order. Brutcher remembered someone calling last Saturday with a similar complaint and jumped into the conversation to ask: "Oh, wait, the turkey sandwiches?"

"Uh, yeah, yeah, that's what it is," replied the customer, not looking Brutcher in the eye. The man at the counter had just ordered two entrees, so Brutcher agreed to subtract from his meal the price of two sandwiches. The customer paid the difference in cash and left quickly.

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Mitchell Kerman, a.k.a. Scamwich Artist
Afterward, Brutcher couldn't get the transaction out of his head -- something seemed off. Then he remembered Gut Check's story last October about the so-called St. Louis "Scamwich Artist," a.k.a. Mitchell Kerman.

"I saw the photo [that appeared in the Gut Check article last October], and I'm like, sure as shit, it's that dude! It's him!" Brutcher says. "The balls on this guy -- first of all, he gets busted, and not a year goes by and he's doing it again."

Brutcher says he printed out the picture and stuck it on Onesto's carry-out computer, so no other employees will be fooled. He also gave it to his friends at Quincy Street Bistro and Mathew's Kitchen.

Brutcher remembered the customer's M.O. (two sandwiches) and the fact that he was an older man. "It wasn't for much. It was twenty bucks. But A, I hate thieves; and B, he was busted on this not a year ago and he's doing it again," he says.

As it turns out, Onesto isn't the only St. Louis restaurant complaining about Kerman this week. Rob Quiason, owner of the Dogtown sandwich shop Nora's (1136 Tamm Avenue; 314-645-2706), says his staff fell victim to the Scamwich Artist just yesterday.

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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21 comments
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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