Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a girl and 5 friends failed to leave 17-percent tip on their meal at a Houston, Texas eatery called 'La Fisherman,' the manager locked them inside and called the cops.
The woman and her chums claim that the trattoria staff didn't deserve the 17-percent tip needed of parties of 5 or more. But , when talking of this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano discussed the legal consequences in the case on today's Fox and Pals.
Napolitano claimed there is not any specific court controlling on this because the idea of adding tips is quite new, but he explained that one argument made by the cafe might be that it wasn't a tip, it was a surcharge that they were made aware of beforehand.
Alternatively, he announced, "It has been a custom and convention in this country for hundreds of years ; you like the service, you leave a tip. You detest the service, you simply pay the bill and go, and the amount of the tip is to your own choosing."
Legally, he said the restaurant can't arrest these folk and hold them against their will. When it comes to locking the customers inside the restaurant, the judge says that is called false imprisonment, so that the woman and her pals can technically sue the diner. Tags: b