Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a girl and five buddies didn't leave 17-percent gratuity on their meal at a Houston, Texas eatery called 'La Fisherman,' the boss locked them within and called the cops.
The girl and her chums claim that the trattoria staff failed to deserve the 17-percent tip required of parties of 5 or even more. But , 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 said there is not any specific court controlling on this because the concept of adding tips is relatively new, but he explained that one discussion manufactured by the trattoria might be that it was not a tip, it was a surcharge that they were made aware of beforehand.
Alternatively, 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 simply pay the bill and go, and the quantity of the tip is to your own choosing."
Legally, he said the diner can't arrest these people and hold them against their will. When talking about locking the consumers within the restaurant, the judge claims that is called false imprisonment, so the lady and her pals can technically sue the restaurant. Tags: b