Alleged 'dine and dasher' starts online fundraiser in order to pay for a lawyer
Lois Loder claims to be the victim of a 'witch hunt', and wants the public's help
She appeared to threaten businesses to remove her photo from websites
She also allegedly abused staff on the phone and sent threatening messages
Her and her partner were accused of fleeing without paying at 12 restaurants
Former hotel operator also accused the woman of skipping out on a $2000 bill
Published: 05:30 EDT, 18 April 2018 | Updated: 12:36 EDT, 18 April 2018
A couple who conned restaurants and hotels out of thousands of dollars by dining and dashing have appealed to the public to pay their legal fees.
Lois Loder and her boyfriend allegedly dined at lavish restaurants across Perth, racking up bills in their hundreds, before leaving without paying on more than 12 occasions.
But their plot came unstuck as photos taken from the cheated restaurants' security footage began surfacing online - with the public eventually identifying Ms Loder.
Now the serial swindler has launched her own online campaign, setting up a fundraiser in order to outsource the cost of a lawyer to the public.
The appeal, named 'To end a witch hut [sic] in perth', popped up on the GoFundMe website on Tuesday.
Lois Loder's (pictured) plot came unstuck as photos taken from security vision of restaurants she and her partner allegedly thieved began surfacing online
And poor Loder's statement is rich in irony:
'I have been made part of a witch hunt in Perth western Australia.
'The media has plastered misleading story of events and it has become a circus of disgusting behaviour from internet trolls and others I prefer not to name.
'I need money for a lawyer. I need it quick so I can be given a fair chance to defend this in a court of law.
'I know there are good people out there that believe in people having what is fair and stick up for people who society decides to turn on.
'So many times injustice is done to people and without money to fight it people are convicted wrongly.
'Please help for the sake of my family and what is true and right.'
The alleged serial dine-and-dasher (pictured) has been accused of blackmailing the businesses she and her partner scammed out of thousands of dollars in expensive meals
Unsurprisingly, the comments section was unforgiving in its response.
'So you go out, consume $250 worth of food and drinks, on most recent occasion, and want US the public to pay??? U ARE PATHETIC' said Sarah Cunningham.
'You should probably apply for legal aid - seeing as you're so poor you cant pay the places you steal from,' said Hayley Kate; while Nathan Grover was a little more blunt in his assessment:
'God you’re delusional. Pay your bills!'
When it came to settling her debt with establishments she scammed, the woman resorted to threatening to plague public platforms with false negative reviews.
Terrazza Cafe Applecross claimed Ms Loder and her partner targeted its business in July, leaving without settling a bill of about $200.
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Photos of the couple were posted to the cafe's Facebook page, with it asking public members who knew the couple to let them know 'they haven't paid for their lunch'.
Shortly after, Ms Loder used her alias account 'Lois Lynn' to give the cafe a one star review, writing 'Awful. Really bad. Wouldn't go there unless you like pubic hair in your butter'.
The woman (pictured entering a cafe with her partner) resorted to threatening to plague public platforms with false negative reviews if posts about her not paying her bills weren't removed
After Terrazza Cafe Applecross shared photos of the woman and stated she left without paying her bill, Ms Loder used her alias account 'Lois Lynn' to give the cafe a one star review
Mr Loder (pictured) wrote, 'Awful. Really bad. Wouldn't go there unless you like pubic hair in your butter' in her review of the Applecross cafe
This week Elmar's in the Valley restaurant shared photos of who they believed was the same couple which had targeted other Perth businesses.
'This couple came in on Saturday 7th April in a two door white Holden Coupe at 4.58pm to sample some of our food and drinks and forgot to pay their $250 bill,' the business wrote.
Elmar's General manager Steffen Hoeer said the pair regularly stepped outside for cigarettes during the evening and fled before finishing their final meal.
'They didn't eat their dessert, they just went outside again but this time they took their belongings and they never came back,' Mr Hoeer told The West Australian.
Ms Loder (pictured) and her partner allegedly targeted the business in July, leaving without settling a bill of about $200
Photos of the couple were posted to the cafe's (pictured) Facebook page, with it asking public members who knew the couple to let them know ' they haven't paid for their lunch'
This week Elmar's in the Valley restaurant shared photos of who they believed was the same couple which had targeted other Perth businesses (Ms Loder pictured)
A receipt showed the couple ordered a $48 bottle of white wine, four cocktails at a cost of $18 each, a soup dish, an antipasti platter, barramundi, a pasta and desert.
'I'm disgusted, it's just not fair. You receive the service, you receive the product, you pay for it. The staff still need to be paid,' Mr Hoeer said.
In a message allegedly sent to a restaurant, which opted not to be named, Ms Loder appeared to threaten to tarnish the business's name unless it removed its post about her.
'I strongly suggest you remove the posts from the website or I will give you that many bad reviews it will make your head spin,' she wrote.
Ms Loder appeared to threaten to tarnish a business's name unless it removed its post about her
Elmar's General manager Steffen Hoeer said the pair (pictured inside Terrazza cafe) regularly stepped outside for cigarettes during the evening and fled before finishing their final meal
A receipt showed the couple ordered a $48 bottle of white wine, four cocktails at a cost of $18 each, a soup dish, an antipasti platter, barramundi, a pasta and desert (pictured inside cafe)
Mr Loder (pictured) threatened to write so many bad reviews about a particular restaurant it would force a restaurant owner's head to spin
'I will inbox you my visa details and as soon as your childish rubbish is removed I will go on every sight (sic) and say terriable (sic) about your over prices (sic) for basic watered down drinks.'
Hillary's restaurant, 3Sheets, was allegedly fleeced on two separate occasions to a total amount of $250 per visit, according to owner Toby Evans.
'When we got done I made it my mission to get them caught, so as soon as I saw Elmar's had got done I got in touch with them and said it was the same MO,' Mr Evans told Perth Now.
'She's abusing the staff and saying 'oh I meant to pay, I meant to pay', so she's trying to dig herself out of a massive hole which she can't.'
This week Elmar's in the Valley restaurant staff released CCTV images of the pair and tried to convince them to settle the bill before the matter was taken any further
The couple (pictured) have allegedly performed the same stunt at 12 other businesses in Perth
Elmar's General manager Steffen Hoeer said the pair arrived at around 5pm and regularly stepped outside for cigarettes during the evening
Staff at Elmar's claimed the couple tucked into a three-course meal, drank cocktails and wine over the weekend before driving away in a Holden (pictured)
Anoop Nair, The Royal on East Perth's Waterfront general manager, claimed the same couple visited his establishment and fled after racking up a bill of $240.
'It's definitely the same couple,' he told the West Australian.
'They seemed fine. They were talking to staff normally and then the male got up to go to the toilet. She did the same a minute after and they never returned,' he said.
Supervisor Matt Janin said the restaurant received a strange phone call from a woman following media reports it had been a victim of the dine-and-dashers.
'One of our staff members picked up the phone and a lady said 'I've just seen myself on TV and your venue says that we've been doing runners.'
Mr Loder (pictured) has been accused of calling Elmar's and abusing staff while claiming she 'meant to pay'
Hillary's restaurant, 3Sheets, was allegedly fleeced on two separate occasions to a total amount of $250 per visit, according to owner Toby Evans (Ms Loder pictured)
'Then that staff member said, just hold on a minute I'll give you to my venue manager and then I ... heard a few swear words coming out of the phone,' Mr Janin told Perth Now.
The Floreat Hotel filed a police report after the man and woman allegedly fled a $290 bill in February, the West Australian reported.
The woman was also accused of leaving a hotel $2000 out-of-pocket across two separate stays in 2016, allegedly using a stolen credit card to make her bookings.
She allegedly charged expensive meals to her room, and claimed she had left her ID in the car to avoid being caught out.
Lloyd McAuley, the former franchisee of the West Perth hotel, filed a police report after her first visit, and went to the police station after her second.
The Floreat Hotel filed a police report after the man and woman (pictured) allegedly fled a $290 bill in February
Ms Loder (pictured) was allegedly the same woman to have left a hotel $2000 out-of-pocket across two separate stays in 2016, allegedly using a stolen credit card to make her bookings
'She'd say her ID was out in her car, can she just go up to her room and she'll bring it the next time she goes past the desk,' Mr McAuley told Perth Now.
'The hotel gets busy ... and before you know it she's been in your hotel for days.'
The businessman said the woman eventually left his establishment after being confronted by him during her second stay.
Mr McAuley believed the same woman had conducted a similar scam at another hotel in the city along with her male partner.
Police confirmed they were investigating reports.
The woman (right) allegedly charged expensive meals to her room, and claimed she had left her ID in the car to avoid being caught out
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