What do you do when you’re at restaurant with a group of friends and you all feel the service was subpar? Well Jasmine Marks and her companions decided to protest a Houston diner’s mandatory 17% gratuity policy, claiming that their action was justified due to their waiter’s lousy service.
After it was clear that Marks and her party weren’t going to add the tip, the restaurant, La Fisherman, decided to lock the teens inside and call the local police.
Here are the details according to Click2Houston.com:
The gratuity policy was clearly marked on the restaurant’s menus. But Marks said when they questioned it the workers wouldn’t let her or her friends leave; she claims they locked the door and called the police.
“She was like, ‘You have an unsettled bill and ya’ll can’t leave until you pay it,’” Marks said.
“We paid our bill for what we ate, we paid the bill.”
Marks said it was only the 17 percent tip they were questioning.
“She said, ‘That’s fine. If you don’t want to pay the gratuity we have HPD outside,’” Marks said.
“I asked the police officer twice, maybe three times, is it against the law if we don’t pay the gratuity and he never gave me a straight answer.”
The on-duty manager at La Fisherman Restaurant told KPRC Local 2 they usually don’t have a problem with people paying their gratuity, it but admitted they have called police for this type of issue before.
As stated above, the authorities were called, wasting the taxpayer’s money so that this restaurant could prove a hapless point and humiliate a customer.