Rapper avoids huge seafood bill by 'fleeing restaurant and running into the sea'
An Australian rapper allegedly dined on an expensive seafood dinner and ran into the sea to avoid paying the bill has faced court charged with stealing and assaulting a police officer.
A diner is accused of treating himself to a feast of lobster, oysters and booze at a restaurant before fleeing into the sea, leaving his $621 (€434) bill unpaid.
Police in Queensland, Australia, said a man had been charged after he “ordered and consumed a substantial amount of seafood and alcohol from a restaurant on Seaworld Drive”, before running away.
According to ABC News, the man in question was 33-year-old Terry Peck – an aspiring rapper who goes by the name 2pec – and he ordered lobsters, oyster shooters, a baby octopus and several beers at Omeros Bros Restaurant in Queensland before scarpering.
He was chased by restaurant staff onto Main Beach, where he then jumped into the ocean.
Police attempted to coax him out to no avail and so were towed out on the back of a jet-ski and arrested him in the middle of the waters.
According to ABC, having being granted bail at the hearing, Peck described lobsters as “overcooked” and claimed there was oyster shell left in his oyster shot.
The incident took place while Peck was on parole, he had been released from prison in February.
He has been granted bail on condition he agrees to never return to the restaurant.
Police said he was charged with stealing and two counts of serious assault of a police officer, and appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.
He’ll be returning to court on May 4.