I know nobody would want to criminally prosecute someone over this, but suppose my friend and I decide to go to a restaurant on the premise that my friend pays. When we get to the restaurant, though, my friend thinks that the prices are too expensive (I chose the restaurant) and instead of paying, claims that they left their wallet at home and wants me to pay. Would this technically be fraud?
According to the criteria from ohwilleke at What is the differences between lying and fraud? (from a cursory glance),
- They clearly lied about the wallet's location.
- They wanted me to pay for it.
- I believed my friend.
- I thought my friend was trustworthy, so I had good reason to believe them.
- I had to pay the bill.