Man's alleged sex talk scam at Kingsport restaurant prompts swindling arrest

Rain Smith • Aug 17, 2010 at 11:14 AM

A Johnson City man has been charged with swindling after allegedly complaining of Kingsport restaurant employees, "talking about sex and dildos."

A police report says the man fabricated the claim to obtain money or other compensation — and had attempted the scam at several other businesses.

According to an arrest report at the Kingsport Police Department, the incident occurred Monday afternoon at Chili's, 1921 N. Eastman Road. The manager relayed that a man, who had previously paid for he and his wife's meal, returned to complain about employees discussing sex and sex toys.

The suspect allegedly demanded money. The manager said he could not do that, and offered $70 in gift certificates, which the man accepted.

When the customer left, according to the police report, the manager, "discovered that the suspect attempted this at several other businesses." The manager called the man to return to the restaurant, then called police.

When officers arrived they located the suspect in the restaurant, with him confirming being at Chili's earlier that day. His wife was found in the parking lot, but denied previously visiting the business.

Police identify the man as Derick A. Reedy, 22, of 2506 McKinley Road, apartment No. 502. They say, "he admitted lying about the incident in an attempt to obtain money or compensation."

Police say the gift certificates were returned to the manager, who wished to prosecute. Reedy was charged with fraud, false pretense or swindling and transported to the Kingsport city jail.

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