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Friday, August 9, 2013

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

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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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.

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


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