Tourist arrested for running out on $10,000 hotel bill

A tourist suspected of running out on a $10,000 bill at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman was arrested as he tried to leave the Cayman Islands on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old American is said to have run up a substantial tab at the five-star hotel and left without paying. He is expected to appear in court within a few days.

In a brief statement Thursday, police confirmed: “A 43-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested [Wednesday] on suspicion of making off without payment.

“The man, a visitor to the island, had been staying at a hotel on West Bay Road and was arrested at the Owen Roberts International Airport as he was attempting to leave Grand Cayman.

“The bill was in excess of US$10,000.”

The Ritz-Carlton declined to comment on the incident.

Details of how the man is alleged to have racked up such a substantial bill at the luxury hotel were not revealed.

Prices for the most luxurious rooms at the hotel on Seven Mile Beach run to more than $1,000-a-night. The resort also boasts some of the most upscale, and also the priciest, restaurants on the island.

Tourists dashing out on hotel bills is a relatively rare phenomenon in Cayman, based on a review of recent court appearances.

Petty thefts from hotel rooms appear to be more common. Alarm clocks, artwork and towels are among the most common items pilfered by light-fingered tourists, according to a Cayman Observer report from 2009.

While Wednesday’s alleged $10,000 bill dodge seems like a significant amount, it pales in comparison with some high-profile cases. Actress Lindsey Lohan, for example, was accused of skipping out on a $46,000 bill at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, last year, according to international news reports.

Some hotels go to great lengths to track down bill dodgers. One con artist, who gave a false name to a Welsh seaside hotel and left without paying the bill, was traced through DNA evidence from his toothbrush, which he left behind in the room.


  1. So you can just put down a credit card without sufficient credit and check into the Ritz and run up a 10,000 bill these days?

    I’m confused how this happens.

    … and who are these people stealing towels / pillows? I would assume the hotel just bills their credit card for this or takes it out of their deposit.

  2. This is an intriguing story in that I spend copious amounts of time in high end hotels and upon check in, my credit limit and availability of funds is checked by the hotel. I travel a lot with celebs and even they are expected to provide the appropriate means before being given a room key. In most cases, a hold is placed on the projected amount of the room charges as booked and it counts against my credit limits. This
    story makes me ask the question if things are done differently in Cayman these days….

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