Police: Woman tried to use cricket to scam restaurant


Shatanya Arielette Beasley
Shatanya Arielette Beasley

A Charlotte woman is facing charges after police say she put a cricket on her plate of food in order to get a free meal from a restaurant.

Shatanya Arielette Beasley is facing charges of obtaining property under false pretense. She was arrested Friday afternoon and was released several hours later.

Police say the 26-year-old complained about a cricket in her food at the Applebee’s on Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia on Wednesday and got a free meal.

That’s when the restaurant manager says he saw a bag of crickets in Beasley’s wallet after she left it on the table. He told her she’d need to pay for her food, but Beasley and her son reportedly left without paying.

An employee wrote down her license plate number and police were able to track her down and issued warrants for her.

She was released on a $2,500 bond.

According to police, the restaurant manager has since said he no longer wants to press charges because she came back to pay for her meal.

Since the warrants were already served, the manager will have to go to court or call the District Attorney’s office to get the charges dropped.