One man just figured out the perfect crime.
A German man has been eating his way around the best restaurants of Florence, Italy, without spending any money.
Nicknamed the “serial scrounger,” according to AFP, the man casually dines on expensive steaks and single-malt whiskey and fine wine. When the bill comes, he sardonically remarks that “Italians will pay” for his meal.
According to Italian publication Corriere della Sera, he even left a note saying “The Catholic Church has paid.”
Even though police have arrested Seidler many times for his diner thievery, they can’t seem to charge him for any crime in particular.
Apparently, Italy’s highest court ruled only last year that stealing food to stave off hunger is not a crime. The decision was made during a case that overturned a charge against a homeless man that stole $4.50 USD (4.07 EUR) of cheese and meats from a shop.
However, this decision only applies to “immediate and essential need” for food. The freeloading man, on the other hand, dines on premium cuisine and, by all reports does not appear to do so out of starvation.
Don’t get any ideas, tourists.