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bijou
11-20-2009, 12:55 PM
It was an evening out that college students Leslie Pope and John Wagner will long remember.

Not only did they get what they called lousy service, they got handcuffed and arrested.

All over a $16.35 tip.

They were with a half-dozen friends at the Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem last month, so the establishment tacked what it called a mandatory 18 percent gratuity onto the bill of about $73, according to reports.

Pope and Wagner refused to pay.

"You can't give us terrible, terrible service and expect a tip," said Pope, a 22-year-old Moravian College senior who's a Pottsville native, according to the Lehigh Valley Express-Times.

They had to find their own napkins and cutlery while their waitress caught a smoke, had to ask the bar for soda refills, and had to wait over an hour for salad and wings, they told NBC10.

The pub, which was very busy that night, took the $73, but then called the cops, who treated the matter as a theft.

The menu clearly states, "18 percent gratuity added to check of parties of 6 of more," and a similar message is printed on receipts, a pub employee said this morning. ...
link (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20091119_College_students_arrested_for_not_paying_ tip.html)

They are stuck with this because the charge is compulsory for large groups, but I have some sympathy if the service was as bad as they say.

lacarnut
11-20-2009, 01:29 PM
I don't know why the dumb shits did not pay the tip when the police arrived. I betcha there is more to the story than meets the eye such as a public disturbance. Next time, they need to go to a fast food joint if they do not want to pay the mandatory tip.

JB
11-20-2009, 06:46 PM
mandatory tip.Kinda contradictory ain't it?

Mandatory tipping is nothing more than socialism. If you know you're getting 18% regardless of your perfomance, where's the incentive?

Just call it a service charge and patronize the place or not.

Space Gravy
11-20-2009, 07:47 PM
You read stories like this and I get tempted to not leave anyone tips anymore.

PoliCon
11-20-2009, 11:18 PM
I tend to tip well. But if the service is bad - they get their tip hand written: BETTER SERVICE WOULD HAVE EARNED YOU AN ADDITIONAL $___________.

RobJohnson
11-21-2009, 01:50 AM
I tend to tip well. But if the service is bad - they get their tip hand written: BETTER SERVICE WOULD HAVE EARNED YOU AN ADDITIONAL $___________.

That's rude. :p

I thought you were going to be gone for a few days?