Pittsburgh man calls fake bomb threat to avoid paying bill [watch]

Pittsburgh man calls fake bomb threat to avoid paying bill [watch]

Pittsburgh man calls fake bomb threat to avoid paying bill [watch]

A Pittsburgh man has been arrested after police say he called in a false bomb threat to try and get out of paying his restaurant bill. Barry Clapperton, 40, faces charges that include threats to use weapons of mass destruction, public drunkenness and false identification to police. A witness says Clapperton tried to leave multiple times without paying for his meal at the iconic Pittsburgh eatery, Primanti Brothers. Police were called to the scene, and another person paid for Clapperton’s bill.

Police say they were about to let the man leave when a bomb threat was called in to a nearby business. Authorities say they used a stun gun to subdue Clapperton after he then ran from the restaurant. He later acknowledged that a friend had suggested he should call in the false bomb threat to create a distraction.

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