Friday, July 19, 2013
Police were called to a restaurant because a patron was arguing the amount of his tab.
The general manager told officers that this was the third time in a week the man had been in and all the other times he did not agree with the number of drinks on his tab.
The first time he argued with the manager that the bill was incorrect, and the tab was subsequently discounted.
This particular time he came in for lunch, ordered two glasses of wine and then switched his order to another drink. He then refused to pay for the two glasses of wine.
His bill was discounted again. That same evening he came in for dinner and ran up a $77 tab. He argued again, and the bill was discounted to $44. But it should not have been discounted because the man was buying drinks for other patrons at the bar.
The officer was escorted to where the patron was sitting. The officer asked him what was going on and he repeatedly told the officer he was not paying for any of those drinks and that he didn’t even know who all those people were sitting at the bar.
He was warned that if he did not pay his tab he would be going to jail. The patron became irate and started cussing the officer. At that point back up officers arrived and the patron had the nerve to tell one officer to turn around and he would not be speaking with him. The patron then told the initial responding officer that he would only speak to him.
He kept wondering why he was responsible for paying for drinks he did not consume, according to the police report.
The officer then told the man it was time to wrap it up and pay his tab. The patron said he would only pay $20 of it, but the officer reminded him that it was not negotiable.
He then retrieved all of the cash from his wallet, which was only $38. He then handed the officer his PayPal card and said there was only about $3 on it.
That card kept getting declined so the manager said he would forgive the remaining amount. The manager then had the patron placed on trespass notice. The patron refused to sign it, according to the report. He said if he signed it he would be admitting to wrongdoing and he did not believe he did anything wrong, although he was advised he was only signing to acknowledge receipt). Due to his intoxicated state, he was given a ride home.
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