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Man Who Stole Meals

It’s a story fit for a fiction crime novel and told by A Brussels newspaper. (Buffalo News) Titus Clarysse was a 35-year-old man from the northern Belgian town of Ghent. He was known  for walking into any restaurant of his choosing, ordering whatever he desired; and then, eating it and leaving without paying for it. (Clarysse 2009 photo)

Meal stealer

In those parts, he was called a “tafelschuimer”. It’s defined as someone who takes everything, even the crumbs off the table.  It is estimated that he failed to pay for over 100 meals over a period of 5 years. He was even able to do it multiple times at some of the same restaurants.

“In the end, we knew his face, but you know, on a busy terrace in summer, full of people, he knew how to blend right in.”, said one restaurant owner. “We’re not talking about an aggressive guy. He was just happy-go-lucky about it. He would sit and wait after the meal.” According to the report, he would even try to order another drink until he had to face the issue of not paying his bill.

Clarysse depended on government aid and often ate extravagant meals that even far exceeded his weekly paycheck. In fact, he was arrested and convicted multiple times and even spent several nights in jail. It didn’t seem to bother him because he had eaten a good meal before his arrests.

Now, here’s the mystery. This past week he was found stabbed to death in his apartment. There currently is no indication from the police of any motive. The owners of the restaurants admittedly did not know how to deal with the man who would not pay for his lavish meals. The question is whether that led someone to kill him.

DID YOU KNOW that Paulding, Ohio has a law that allows police officers to bite a dog to quiet him. Conversely, Maine’s law makes it illegal to bite a landlord under any circumstances.

And for pic o’ day, I laughed when my Mom sent this one:

Horse on couch


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