I was reading this article of a guy in California who made it a habit of running out on dates and leaving them to pay the dinner bill (often a substantial bill). Basically he would meet them online and get them to commit to a dinner date, often at an expensive restaurants, and would then make some excuse to leave the table and then ditch them leaving the woman to pay the bill.
The article mentions that four charges of extortion have been brought against this guy which could land him in jail for 16+ years for doing this.
No question this guy is a world class asshole but is what he did really a crime? And if it is a crime would it be extortion? I thought extortion was obtaining something via threat. I am not seeing where he threatened anyone here. On top of that 16 years in prison (potentially) would seem excessive for this.
I wonder if there is even a civil case to be had here. Is there a contract being broken when you take a woman on a date if you do not pay for the bill?
Again, I want to be crystal clear this guy is a total ass and if nothing else just having to deal with facing criminal charges seems a form of justice he had coming. Still though…extortion???