On Valentine’s Day, a man named Stephen Bonser became an absolute legend on social media. Going by the Twitter handle @baconflavoring, Bonser decided to document a hilarious prank that scored him a free steak dinner from Outback Steakhouse.
According to Bonser, he went to the restaurant — which had a 45-minute wait for tables — dressed in a slick button-up top and blazer.
From there, he pretended to call a “date” before acting like he got stood up.
The end result was a free meal from a couple at the bar who felt second-hand embarrassment for what they thought was a tragic Valentine’s Day tale.
“If I went to Outback Steakhouse by myself tonight and asked for a table for 2, then got progressively sadder as the night went on alone,” Bonser teased in a post on Twitter, “do you think they’d give me my steak for free?”
From there, the incredible tale began.
And yes, he really was looking all dapper for a date night with himself.
Once he had his table, he began ordering some booze.
Bonser says he told the waiter that his “date” loved chardonnay so he ordered a glass of that, while also scoring himself an ice-cold Blue Moon. Bonser even went as far as to pretend he was leaving voicemails as the waiter walked by to really sell his prank.
And, of course, he had to crush the loaf of bread while he was waiting.
Bonser even went as far as wrapping up a fake gift to bring along with him.
“When I parked, I took the jumper cables in my trunk out of the bag they came in and stuff some shoebox paper I had in the backseat into it to make it look like a bought a present,” he tweeted. Absolutely brilliant.
From there, it was another loaf of bread to the face and the glass of chardonnay as he began selling his despair and disappointment.
What followed next was another fake voicemail, and ultimately the steak dinner.
The end result? A free meal.
If you feel like that may be a scummy thing to do, don’t worry. Bonser claims he donated what he would have spent on the meal to the ALCU.
From the Washington Post:
His sister egged him on, telling him that she would pay for his meal on Thursday if the restaurant didn’t. Three hours later, Bonser was waiting by the host stand at the Outback Steakhouse in Arlington, dressed in a fresh blazer and button-down shirt and carrying a poorly wrapped present.
“I figured that I’m getting a free steak either way,” he told The Washington Post later that night. “It would be fiscally irresponsible not to do it.”
What an epic Valentine’s Day tale, and a true story of self-love.
Kudos to you, young legend.
[H/T: Bro Bible]