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World's worst date? California man accused of dining and dashing multiple times

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It's the last thing any single woman should have to deal with.

Police are on the lookout for a serial dater after several ladies in Los Angeles claim they met a man who not only wasted their time, but used them as a foil in his plot to eat for free, reports KCAL 9.

One female victim, who did not want to be identified, alleges she met the man who called himself “Paul Gonzales” online. Another says the man called himself “Dave Gonzales.”

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One of the women says she met the man in a BJ’s in Pasadena, Calif. and thought she was in for a great time. 

She told KCAL 9, he ordered a “glass of Pinot, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak, and a baked potato.”

She says he gobbled up his food, and then got a phone call. He told his date he needed to take the call and then she says he never returned – leaving her to handle thewhole bill. 

Recalled the jilted woman, “The waiter came back and said ‘He’s not out there. Is this a first date? And I said: ‘Yes, this is a first blind date, and he said, ‘He’s gone.’ ”

After doing some research online, the woman discovered that she wasn't alone. Her diner-dasher date had been caught via security video last summer running out on a cut and color from a Burbank hair salon.

She also found two previous stories on Gonzales about him stiffing at least two other women on dates. 

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According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, 44-year-old Gonzales has two bench warrants out for his arrest after not showing up to court for petty theft and driving without a valid license. Records show he’s already been to jail several times for misdemeanor arrests.

“I was shocked that anybody would do this. And I even texted him, is everything OK? And obviously he never responded,” one of the women told KCAL.

In at least one incident, the restaurant decided to pay for Gonzales' food so his date only had to fork over cash to pay for his wine.