Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a girl and five pals didn't leave 17-percent tip on their meal at a Houston, Texas eatery called 'La Fisherman,' the boss locked them inside and called the cops.
The woman and her chums claim the trattoria staff failed to merit the 17-percent tip needed of parties of 5 or more. when it comes down to this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano debated the legal consequences in the case on today's Fox and Buddies.
Napolitano claimed there is not any categorical court governing on this because the idea of adding tips is pretty new, but he explained that one discussion manufactured by the restaurant could be that it was not a tip, it was a surcharge that they were informed about previously.
From the other viewpoint, he claimed, "It has been a custom and practice in this country for centuries ; you like the service, you leave a tip. You don't like the service, you just settle up and go, and the amount of the tip is to your own choosing."
Legally, he announced the cafe can't arrest these folk and hold them against their will. When talking about locking the customers inside the bistro, the judge says that is called false imprisonment, so that the woman and her friends can technically sue the eatery. Tags: b