Keep Westword Free

Seizure salad: a scam to do Fred Sanford proud

Baltimore's Andrew Palmer is one cunning con, who had a slick scam going to grab some free grub.

Palmer had been hitting the nicer restaurants in town as a solo diner, and when the bill was dropped on his table, he suddenly claimed he was having a seizure -- think Fred Sanford at his most histrionic -- and in the ensuing confusion, the tab was forgotten. A few of the destinations he'd allegedly bilked over the past few months: the Capital Grille, Burke's Cafe, Ding How Restaurant and a dainty place called Maisy's Restaurant.

In fact, Palmer was at Maisy's -- trying out his scam in order to get out of a $31.75 tab -- when the officer responding to the report of a customer in distress recognized him from his prior shenanigans and was able to pin the tail on this donkey and haul him to jail.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

According to this report on the criminal complaint, each meal was less than $100. At Ding How, for instance, he racked up about $40 in food and drinks before faking a seizure and being taken to Johns Hopkins for treatment.

Wonder how much MSG was in that meal?

Fred Sanford would be proud.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.