Houston Restaurant Holds Customers Hostage Over Tip Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Friday, May 04, 2012
After a girl and 5 buddies didn't 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 woman and her friends claim that the trattoria staff didn't merit the 17-percent tip required of parties of five or even more. when talking of this case, who is right legally? Judge Napolitano debated the legal ramifications in the case on today's Fox and Friends.
Napolitano claimed there is not any specific court governing on this because the idea 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 had been a surcharge that they were informed about previously.
From the other viewpoint, he claimed, "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 simply settle up and go, and the quantity of the tip is to your own choosing."
Legally, he said the restaurant can't arrest these people and hold them against their will. When it comes to locking the consumers within the restaurant, the judge says that's called fake imprisonment, so the girl and her friends can technically sue the eatery. Tags: b