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Nov 19, 2009 08:43 PM

Non tippers taken from restaurant in handcuffs


Okay this is scary.
The Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem Pa is pretty hardcore apparently. Hope the link works for awhile for people to read. You can't make this stuff up.

  1. The bill was only $73 for 8 people? And the argument was over a $16 tip?

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    1. re: Sharuf

      This incident REALLY went viral! I've seen it on four other food related sites in the last day.

      Can't wait for the lawsuits for false arrest, and false imprisonment to be filed. Somebody's going to get rich. A lot of somebodies are going to lose jobs.

    2. They'll probably charge the owner with fraud for charging services that they did not receive.

      1. I just read this and had to come to chow to see what people think. I'm sorry, an HOUR for wings and a salad to arrive? Having to get your own silver and napkins??? waitress? what freakin waitress? I wouldn't have tipped either.

        1. Theft? Ridiculous. If anything, this is a civil matter (however, I don't think it even rises to that level). They never even left the premises, but simply refused to pay a gratuity b/c of terrible service. The owner even conceded that the service was slow and offered to comp some of the items on the bill. A simple case of everyone, including the police, over-reacting. The charges will most certainly be dismissed.

          As a side note, $73 bill for 8 people is ridiculously cheap - sounds like maybe they got the quality of foor & service they paid for.

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          1. re: lynnlato

            This place is fairly near me and I'm sure not patronizing it. I don't know too much about law and the police and all but the article said “Obviously we would have liked for the patron and the establishment to have worked this out without getting the police involved,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Stuart Bedics. I'm not sure how much discretion the police have in these matters. Sounds like they weren't too thrilled about being called.

            1. re: givemecarbs

              You're right, I can't blame them for not being thrilled. They often get called into situations needlessly. Its a shame. I am familiar w/ PA law, and sometimes the cops file the wrong charges. As is probably the case here. The DA will likely drop the charges or the judge will dismiss it.

              I was just thinking... I wonder why only two people in the party of 8 were charged? And the tip amount is more than 18% of the bill. There must be much more to the story than what's been reported.

              1. re: lynnlato

                Correct - I should think. A restaurant bill is a contract. Refusing to pay a portion of a bill is a potential breach of contract which is settled in civil court. Heavens knows why the police should be involved.

          2. Something's not adding up here.

            The link said the bill was $73 and the gratuity was 18%, which would be around $13. Where did $16 come from? I smell a rat...