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A Houston family opted out of the 17 percent gratuity added to their bill, and were locked inside of the restaurant for not coughing up the money.

Jasmine Marks and her family were dining at the La Fisherman restaurant, and were unhappy with what they claim was bad service. Rather than covering the mandatory tip amount for parties of five or more, the group attempted to leave and were stopped by a worker before reaching the door. “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.” Unhappy with their reasoning, the employee contacted the local police. “She said, ‘That’s fine. If you don’t want to pay the gratuity we have HPD outside.’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.”

While this isn’t the first time that the eatery has had to call on the law over a billing issues, luckily, these diners were spared the further embarrassment of getting arrested. Not covering their tabs puts them in the company of a pretty elite bunch, including the likes of Wyclef Jean who was sued for not paying Jacob the Jeweler more than $300,000, and Nas who owes the IRS $6 million.  Since their final tally didn’t come close to of the aforementioned MCs, between the five of them they could’ve probably pooled their money to cover the tip.


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