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Couple arrested over ‘theft’ for refusing to tip in restaurant – Telegraph

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Leslie Pope and John Wagner were handcuffed and hauled away after they failed to leave a restaurant’s mandatory 18 per cent gratuity – totalling $16 (£10) – for their party of eight.

"Nobody wants to be forced to pay a tip or be arrested for terrible service," said Miss Pope, 22.

The couple, students at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, had joined six friends at the town’s Lehigh Pub for dinner. They claimed they had to wait almost an hour for their meal to arrive and Miss Pope said the service was so shoddy they had to get their own cutlery and napkins.

For service that bad, I would have complained about paying the bill at all.  This happened because of that stupid "Parties of 6 or more get an 18% tip added to the bill."  I hope when this goes to court, they find that unenforceable.  I tip very well but sometimes you do get such bad service you just have to fight it.

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