Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a woman and five friends did not leave 17-percent tip on their meal at a Houston, Texas trattoria called 'La Fisherman,' the executive locked them within and called the cops.
The lady and her pals claim the trattoria staff did not deserve the 17-percent tip required of parties of 5 or more. But , when it comes down to this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano discussed the legal implications in the case on today's Fox and Buddies.
Napolitano claimed there isn't any categorical court controlling on this because the concept of adding tips is relatively new, but he explained that one argument manufactured by the cafe might be that it was not a tip, it is a surcharge that they were informed of beforehand.
From the other viewpoint, he said, "It has been a custom and convention in this country for centuries ; you like the service, you leave a tip. You don't like the service, you 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 it comes to locking the shoppers inside the diner, the judge asserts that's called false imprisonment, so that the girl and her pals can technically sue the eatery. Tags: b