Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a lady and five buddies did not leave 17-percent gratuity on their meal at a Houston, Texas restaurant called 'La Fisherman,' the boss locked them within and called the cops.
The lady and her friends claim that the trattoria staff did not deserve the 17-percent tip required of parties of five or more. However when it comes down to this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano discussed the legal consequences in the case on today's Fox and Friends.
Napolitano claimed there is no express court governing on this because the concept of adding tips is pretty new, but he explained that one debate manufactured by the cafe could be that it was not a tip, it is a surcharge that they were informed about previously.
Alternatively, he said, "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 announced the restaurant can't arrest these folk and hold them against their will. When referring to locking the shoppers inside the bistro, the judge asserts that is called fake imprisonment, so the lady and her chums can technically sue the diner. Tags: b