A guy pretending to be stood up on Valentine’s Day conned his way to a free meal at Outback Steakhouse

Twitter user @baconflavoring was able to con a free meal at Outback Steakhouse after pretending to be stood up by his date on Valentine’s Day.
What follows is quite an amusing, but kind of evil thread. Enjoy!
It all started with this tweet and a question to his followers:
if I went to Outback Steakhouse by myself tonight and asked for a table for 2, then got progressively sadder as the night went on alone, do you think they’d give me my steak for free?

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Why not give it a shot?
At this point, we still don’t know if he’s serious or not:
there’s still a 10ish minute wait though.

“oh that’s okay, this works perfectly - she said she was running a bit late anyway”

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Oh, he’s really there:
And he’s really committed to the con, as you’ll find out:
He even ordered wine for his “date”:
He’s really selling it:
i just pretended to leave a voicemail saying “I’m here, let me know when you’re on your way” as my waiter walked by

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Some carbo-loading to see it through:
He even made a fake gift:

when I parked, I took the jumper cables in my trunk out of the bag they came in and stuff some shoebox paper I had in the backseat into it to make it look like a bought a present

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Classy:

i mean there can’t be a sadder image than a guy in a suit

at Outback Steakhouse

alone

on Valentine’s Day

sitting across from an untouched decanter of white wine.
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It’s almost 30 minutes later and he still hasn’t touched the wine:
the second log of bread came. didn’t cut it. took it to the face and finished it in less than 60 seconds.
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it’s 9:45. the kitchen closes in 15 minutes. i’m going to wait until my waiter comes by and i’m gonna finish the wine in one swig from the decanter - no glass necessary
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Wine status? GONE:
You’d think he’d get bored with this by now, but nope:
i ordered my steak. this dude is walking on EGGSHELLS around me. i’ve never seen someone scoop glassware as smoothly as he took the untouched glass and empty decanter from the table
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Is it happening?
the waiter just talked to the bartender. i’m sitting in a booth at the bar and every single person within eye range has glanced at me at some point during the evening.
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More voicemail subterfuge:
As we wait to find out what happens next, we learn more about the fake woman:
the menu is gone but my forlorn lover lives on in the form of water, silverware, and a lone plate.

i have named her Katherine.
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Katherine is a consultant at Deloitte. She lives in Arlington, that’s why I chose this spot.

We met at the grocery store. We both went for the same bag of shredded cheese.

She seemed so excited for our Valentine’s Day date.
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The meal has arrived:
steak’s here. blue cheese crumbles melted on top. restaurant’s closed. how long can I stare into the distance before taking a bite?
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It’s now or never:
. . . WTF:
i dropped a piece of mac n cheese on the floor next to me. picked it up with my hand and ate it
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. . . still hoping for that free meal:
. . . still waiting:
i still haven’t gotten a check. i KNOW this waiter is getting ready to clock out for the night.
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AND SUCCESS! But he conned a couple at the bar who felt sorry for him:
Somehow a charitable donation makes it OK?
as a thank you to that couple who bought my dinner, I’ve donated $50 to ACLU.

spread love y’all.
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FWIW, proof of the donation:
And he tipped the waiter $20 for all this nonsense:
i took all my food to go. all. of. it. ate three bites of mac n cheese and never once touched the steak. my mans gave me a to go Dr Pepper so I’m leaving him a $20 tip
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That took some dedication, we’ll give him that:
Katherine may have just missed out on her future husband.

thanks for following along y’all - glad I could entertain.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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But wait, there’s more!
one last thing - the waiter came to clean my table as I left. he put his hand on my shoulder, looked me dead in the eye like a father about to tell his son that grandma died, and said

“take care of yourself. don’t let them get you down.”

put this man in the waiter hall of fame
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And, of course, Outback became aware of the thread . . .
. . . and now he’s scored a real free meal out of it:
How about you bring in a real date and the meal’s on us? The love connection is up to you though. ♥️ Send us a DM so we can make it happen.
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Great. Why the eff is Outback encouraging this?
So this dude conned your employees and wasted everyone’s time, got STRANGERS he doesn’t know to pay for his meal and y’all give him more?

Gonna wear an all-black suit today and go into your restaurant crying pretending “my wife” died

Can y’all comp a few meals for me too??
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