A homeless man was arrested for theft of services when he refused to pay for a meal at Denny’s in Oak Lawn last Tuesday after 9 p.m.
The man was allegedly making comments in the restaurant that allegedly made other customers and staff members uncomfortable. Denny’s staff called the police.
The homeless man, identified as Marc Styles, told the police that he didn’t understand why the staff was calling the police and he denied bothering anyone. The restaurant staff member, however, quoted Styles as stating, “I might just take you out of here with me” and “I like that necklace, I might take that too.”
The staff also alleged that the homeless man told them he was homeless. According to the police, Styles told the staff, “You should be paying my bill, I’m homeless.” The staff member told the police officer that she was afraid to go back to the homeless man’s table.
When the police approached Styles, they reportedly told him that he had to leave the restaurant. Styles told the police that he didn’t know why the police were being called because he wasn’t bothering anyone. The police officer reported informing Styles that he had to pay $8.78 for the meal or he would be charged with “Theft of Services”.
Styles allegedly told the police, “You’re going to have to arrest me because I won’t pay for this food.” The officer told Styles that if he didn’t pay for the food and the restaurant signed the complaint, he would be arrested.
Styles allegedly told the officer, “I won’t pay. You can just arrest me and take me to court. When the judge sees that I’m homeless, he’s going to throw the charges out.”
Styles was arrested for disorderly conduct and theft of services. A search of Styles revealed that he had $31 in his pocket. Styles is a 37 year old black male who last resided in Calumet City.