INDIANAPOLIS -- An offer of a free meal from a man who says he works at an upscale Indianapolis steakhouse has the restaurant chain fielding dozens of calls.
A man has reportedly been stopping people in Indianapolis-area parking lots and asking them for money to get a locksmith after claiming to have locked his keys in his car while changing a flat tire, reported television station WRTV in Indianapolis. In exchange, the man promises to give the person a free meal at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, where he claims he works as a manager.
The man gives the name of Matt Bauer, the name of a real manager at Ruth's Chris. Bauer said Wednesday that the person out asking for money isn't him. Instead, over the past three weeks, he's taken close to 100 calls from people asking about their free meal.
"So he is definitely going out with a premeditated story to take advantage, as you said, of people's good nature," Bauer said.
People have reported being approached in parking lots in two locations. The victims told police they gave the man anywhere from $14 to $40.