Paul Gonzales’ approach to dating is similar to that of many men. He meets women online and invites them out to dinner. But here’s where he allegedly diverges: According to CBS Los Angeles, 44-year-old Gonzales has been dining and dashing at area restaurants, leaving behind unsuspecting women he’s asked out on blind dates. CBS reported in August that Gonzales had left two women to pay the bill after walking out on restaurant dates last summer. One of the women described how he’d eaten $100 worth of food at a restaurant in Long Beach—explaining he had to order two entrees because he’s a bodybuilder—before saying he was going to the bathroom. She never saw him again. Now, the man Grub Street identifies as perhaps “the world’s worst dinner date” appears to have struck again.
A woman, identified by WTOL as Beth, says she met “Dave Gonzales” on Bumble before agreeing to dinner at a restaurant in Pasadena. Gonzales ordered “a glass of pinot, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak, and a baked potato” and ate most of the meal before excusing himself to take a phone call, Beth says. He never returned, a text went unanswered, and his Bumble profile was later removed, adds Beth, who soon after learned of Gonzales’ alleged notoriety. She says she wants his “disgusting” ruse to stop. According to police, Gonzales has also walked out of a salon, still clad in a smock, without paying for a haircut and color. He’s wanted on two bench warrants as a result of misdemeanor charges, including petty theft.