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Man jailed after Facebook shame over dine-and-dash

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:05 p.m. HST, Aug 02, 2013

RENO, Nev. » A Reno man who skipped out on a $100 bill at a brewpub and then was publicly pilloried on Facebook was taken into custody on Thursday.

Saul Zelaznog was booked into the Washoe County Detention Center in northern Nevada on a probation violation, although officials at the jail couldn't provide specifics today on the circumstances of his arrest.

Zelaznog became an object of social media scorn after workers at the Brewer's Cabinet posted his picture on Facebook Tuesday, warning other restaurants to watch out for him and linking to his profile so others could "let him know he sucks."

"And, while you're at it, you could tell him that visiting restaurants with your friends, running up a huge bill, roughing up servers and then bailing is pretty uncool ... pathetic, really," the post reads. "Get a life, man."

The post had more than 800 shares on Facebook by today, with users helping identify him and voicing enthusiastic support for the business.

Chris Kahl, a co-owner of the Brewer's Cabinet in Reno, said he reported the incident to police after it happened on Tuesday.

"All his friends paid and left, and he was the last one," Kahl told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "The server needed to collect his money. He said he forgot his wallet."

Other restaurants and bars in the area — including Imperial, Campo and Chapel Tavern — told KRNV-TV they believe they've also been his victims.

When contacted by the newspaper, Zelaznog — who also goes by the name Saul Gonzalez, according to public records — said he had forgotten a method of payment when he visited Tuesday, but planned to return to pay the tab.

He said he was involved in a similar situation at another Reno-area restaurant, where he said he left a "nice watch" as collateral.

"I'm not trying to burn bridges around town," he told the paper. "This is a small little town."

Late Thursday, the brewpub posted on its Facebook to announce Zelaznog was nabbed on the probation violation and to thank users for their support.

"We hope that all of his outstanding debts are paid in time," the post reads, "but more importantly, that he makes wiser decisions in the future."

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HD36 wrote:
A true dead beat.
on August 2,2013 | 06:19AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Hey at least he left a nice watch. Timex takes a licking but it keeps on ticking.
on August 2,2013 | 07:01AM
honokai wrote:
The pathetic state of journalism. Guy doesn't pay his bill so he is shamed nationally by the pseudo-journalism hit machine. ---- brought to you by the Associated Press and all its subscribers.
on August 2,2013 | 06:53AM
cojef wrote:
The now generation social justice system? If it shame the perp and works, why not, if you post yourself on the web, you better behave. Don't twit or do Facebook if you can't stand the heat. Have not signed up with either. I value my privacy more than the convenience it affords.
on August 2,2013 | 10:00AM
st1d wrote:
don't worry about zelaznog, aka gonzalez, being shamed nationally. he wasn't shamed, he was merely exposed by facebook, to be shamed you need a moral compass. he's only upset at his scam being publicized and his new cash-first basis for service at restaurants.
on August 2,2013 | 03:12PM
soundofreason wrote:
How do you forget to bring a method of payment AND also have to get relatives to wire you funds? One or the other.
on August 2,2013 | 06:59AM
Bdpapa wrote:
He's a BS artist.
on August 2,2013 | 09:16AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Seems like only loser use Face Book. They spend all day hiding behind their smartphone on FB.
on August 2,2013 | 03:40PM
krusha wrote:
Seems like the dirt bag probably would have done this again and again if that restaurant owner didn't shame the dude publicly. Usually the only guys that would pull a stunt like that skipping out on a bill are poor college students. :)
on August 2,2013 | 09:29AM
Jonas wrote:
If you can't afford to go out, don't. Hey Mom and Dad, can you wire money to me so I can pay my bar tab? What a loser!
on August 2,2013 | 10:53AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I'm all for this tactic. The guy is a thief and needs to be shamed.
on August 2,2013 | 12:25PM
soundofreason wrote:
on August 2,2013 | 07:27PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Zelaznog = Gonzalez backwards. Backwards thinking dolt!
on August 2,2013 | 03:00PM
Benibiker wrote:
We live in a pathetic world when this is newsworthy...
on August 2,2013 | 05:27PM
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