Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip
Friday, May 04, 2012 - Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com
After a lady and five pals 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 pals claim that the cafe staff did not merit the 17-percent tip required of parties of 5 or even more. But , when talking of this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano debated the legal implications in the case on today's Fox and Pals.
Napolitano claimed there is no categorical court ruling on this because the concept of adding tips is pretty new, but he explained that one discussion made by the restaurant could be that it was not a tip, it is a surcharge that they were made aware of previously.
From the other viewpoint, he announced, "It has been a custom and tradition 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 quantity of the tip is to your own choosing."
Legally, he announced the diner can't arrest these folk and hold them against their will. When it comes to locking the shoppers within the bistro, the judge says that is called fake imprisonment, so that the woman and her friends can technically sue the restaurant.