Photo: After Running Up $3000 Booze Bill, U.S. Tourist Flees Brazil Without Paying $7000 Hotel Bill
An American tourist from California was detained in Brazil for allegedly not paying his hotel bill and attempting to leave the country.
Police in Rio de Janerio say 63-year-old Robert Scott attempted to skip out on his $7,000 hotel bill, $3,000 of which was for caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail made with limes, sugar, ice, and sugarcane rum.
When stopped at Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport, Scott, who is from Murrieta, Calif., reportedly told police he could not pay his bill because his credit card had been cloned.
He was allowed to call family and friends to collect the money, and was scheduled to return to California last Thursday.
No word on whether he tossed back some caipirinhas on his way home.