Sad to think someone would have to go to jail for not tipping because of bad service. They paid for the food. Theft, WTF. I can kind of understand if they just got up and left without paying, but after crappy service they still paid. I'm glad the ticket will not hold up in court. It really doesn't matter for the couple who has been humiliated. The bartender didn't even work it out, he is an ass. Don't go to restaurants that make the gratuity mandatory. I will not tip if the service is bad.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Time-In-Prison--7042...

Couple Busted for Refusing to Pay Tip

Patrons claim service was so bad, they had to get napkins and silverware for themselves
By DAVID CHANG

Updated 12:20 PM EST, Thu, Nov 19, 2009

If you’re frustrated by poor service at a restaurant, think twice before you decide to not tip. You may be in for a bit more than just a dirty look from the waiter.

"Nobody, nobody wants to be forced to pay a tip or be arrested for terrible service," Leslie Pope said when her happy hour ended in handcuffs.

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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Comment by Marklar on November 20, 2009 at 1:54am
A tip is optional ALWAYS, that is just the nature of tips. If I were these people I would sue BOTH the restaurant and the cop in civil court. Claiming a tip is mandatory in the first place is the best reason I've ever heard for not leaving one.
Comment by Dee on November 19, 2009 at 10:27pm
wow..that is freakin rediculous!!!!

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