If you were curious as to what a kid does while on the run for continuing to be too rich and spoiled for prison, here’s your answer.
“Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch became notorious two years ago after getting off easy for killing four people while driving drunk, and he and his mother were the subject of a well-publicized manhunt when they fled the United States after he violated his probation. Both of them were arrested in Mexico last week, and new details have shown that even during his flight from justice, the affluenza continued to grip Couch.
The Dallas Morning News talked with Marina Meza, who works at the hotel the Couches stayed at, and who noted the Couches odd behavior throughout their stay. For example, Meza recounted how she had to go wake up Tonya Couch one night because her son had been escorted home by a waiter and a manager from two local gentlemen’s clubs, and who demanded compensation for his gigantic tab.
“Then I found out about his past and thought that too was really odd,” Meza said. “He didn’t have enough money to pay the bar bill, and his mother had to bail him out.”
Unlike in the United States, where The Daily Mail noted patrons usually pay for services upfront, most strip joints in Puerto Vallarta run up tabs to be settled at the end of the night. Club staff reported that Couch got extremely drunk at both joints, and that he burned through over $2,000 of his mother’s cash
Meza didn’t recognize the duo until after they left the hotel, but she pointed authorities in the right direction when they arrived in pursuit. Ms. Couch was extradited to the US and is facing her own set of criminal charges, but her son remains in a detention facility in Mexico, where he is filing paperwork to resist deportation.
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