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    Posted: Nov 19 2009 at 6:24pm
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Time-In-Prison--70426052.html?yhp=1
 

Pope and John Wagner were hauled away by police and charged with theft for not paying the mandatory 18 percent gratuity totaling $16 after eating at the Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem, Pa. with six friends. 

Pope claimed that they had to wait nearly an hour for their order and that she had to get napkins and silverware for the table herself

“At this point I became very annoyed because I had already gone up to the bar myself to have my soda refilled because the waitress never came back,” Pope said. 

After the $73 bill came, the group paid for food, drinks, and tax but refused to pay the tip. After explaining the bad service to the bartender in charge, Pope claimed he took their money and called police. The couple was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. 

“I understand that, you know, we didn’t pay the gratuity, but it was a gratuity, it wasn’t something that was required,” said Wagner.

The owner admitted that the group waited unusually long for their food, but said the pub was extremely busy that night. He said managers offered to comp the food, a claim the couple denies ever happened. 

“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. 

Police charged them with theft since the gratuity was part of the actual bill. However, it is doubtful that the charges will hold up in front of a judge. The couple is scheduled to appear in court next month.



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That should be against the law...
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gratuity needs to be optional..
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If gratuity is mandatory then service really does need to be bomb.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote solena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2009 at 6:35pm
never heard of a restaurant having a mandatory tip. ive heard of minimums when it comes to spending but a mandatory tip is ridiculous
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I have heard of mandatory tipping.....
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I was gonna make a thread asking how much do you tip when you receive bad service


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I hate this whole tipping thing... and hate the way its spreading from North America to other countries...

Just pay staff enough so they don't have to rely on tips and be done with it.....
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Originally posted by MsPlayGurl MsPlayGurl wrote:

That should be against the law...
 
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Tips are generally mandatory for groups of 6 or more. I also states that on the menu. They should have spoken to the manager/owner before leaving.
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