Florida Man Tries to Skip Out On Restaurant Bill By Getting Into Wrong Car

A Delray Beach man had dinner at Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park on Wednesday, and when his debit card was declined, he decided to skip out on the bill and get into his black Mercedes and make a run for it in.

Two things went wrong with this plan.

1.) He left his debit card -- which had his name on it -- at the bar

2.) He accidentally got into the wrong Mercedes

According to Boca Raton police, Peter Gaffey, 41, ate and imbibed at Dubliner's, which is located at 435 Plaza Real, until 1 in the morning on Wednesday.

He racked up a $30 tab that the bar says he failed to pay.

The establishment's manager told cops that the debit card Gaffey tried to pay with was declined. That's when he decided to make a break for it.

Gaffey ran out of the bar, police say, and went to make a get-away in his black Mercedes.

But, according to police, Gaffey was so drunk, he got into the wrong car. He also left his card at the bar.

Police say Gaffey ran to a black Mercedes in the parking lot that wasn't his black Mercedes.

"As it turns out, Gaffey was so intoxicated that he didn't realize he was at the wrong black Mercedes and that his was across the street, rendering his getaway plan null," the police report says.

After speaking with the bar's management, investigators found Gaffey sitting next to the Mercedes that wasn't his.

Police say Gaffey was drunk and belligerent, and that he wouldn't tell them his name.

He was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on fraud and resisting arrest charges.

Gaffey was released on his own recognizance on Wednesday afternoon.

No word on what car he took to drive home after being released.

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