A man in Australia decided to skip out on a $460 bill after enjoying a gourmet seafood dinner the only way he could: by diving and swimming out into the ocean.
According to Australia's ABC News, Terry Peck was arrested after running out on a meal he ate at the Omeros Brothers Seafood Restaurant on the Brisbane waterfront. At the eatery, Peck allegedly consumed between 17 and 21 oyster shooters, two lobster mornays, a baby octopus and about six Corona beers.
But when it came time to pay, Peck decided he'd rather go for a swim than fork over the 621 Australian dollars (about $464) needed to cover his lavish meal.
Since Omeros is located on the Coral Sea, the diner reportedly just jumped in after the meal. Staff at the restaurant called for law enforcement that then rode into the water on jet skis where they reportedly tried to get the customer to return to the restaurant.
But hopes that Peck would voluntarily head back were quickly dashed as he refused to return to the eatery and police were instead forced to drag him back to pay. The incident was captured by Queensland police as they chased Peck in the water.
But the incident wasn’t just an amusing scene for diners eating on the water. Peck has since been charged with theft and two counts of assault for attacking a police officer due to the altercations in the water.
When speaking at the courthouse where he was charged Peck (who also performs as a rapper using the stage name “2pec”) said that the restaurant overcooked the lobster he ordered. He also claimed that there were tiny parts of shells in his oyster shooters.
Ultimately, Peck said he left without paying because he had to “help a friend who was giving birth on the beach.” But, his own lawyer admitted that her client's drinking may have had a role to play in his behavior.
“Alcohol is an issue for him and it is something he needs to address,” Peck’s duty lawyer Halley Robertson told Australia’s ABC following the incident.
The case is scheduled to return to court on May 4.