Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a lady and 5 pals failed to leave 17-percent gratuity on their meal at a Houston, Texas trattoria called 'La Fisherman,' the executive locked them within and called the cops.
The lady and her chums claim that the cafe staff did not deserve the 17-percent tip required of parties of 5 or even more. when it comes down to this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano debated the legal ramifications in the case on today's Fox and Friends.
Napolitano claimed there is no express court controlling on this because the concept of adding tips is relatively new, but he explained that one discussion manufactured by the trattoria may be that it wasn't a tip, it is a surcharge that they were made aware of previously.
On the other hand, he announced, "It has been a custom and practice in this country for hundreds of years ; you like the service, you leave a tip. You don't like the service, you pay the bill and go, and the quantity of the tip is to your own choosing."
Legally, he revealed the diner can't arrest these folk and hold them against their will. When talking about locking the customers inside the bistro, the judge says that's called false imprisonment, so that the woman and her friends can technically sue the diner. Tags: b