Couple arrested for refusing to tip a bad waitress

Leslie Pope and John Wagner, Pennsylvania college students, were arrested because they refused to tip a waitress they said gave them terrible service the night they went to the Lehigh Pub. From Philly.com (via The Consumerist):

“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.

They were busy, but not too busy to call the police and have customers arrested because they refused to “tip” their crappy waitress. Not that I know what goes on in the mind of a nicotine addicted waitress, but if she knows that she is getting a tip from any table that has at least six people no matter what type of service she provides, those are the tables that aren’t getting good service on a busy night. Why would she? She knows that no matter why type service she provides, good or bad, she is getting a 18% tip.

I can’t believe that the cops would even show up for something like this, let alone arrest both Pope and Wagner for theft. Why didn’t they arrest the entire party? They arrested not only the person that paid the bill and refused to pay the tip, but their significant other too. Technically, the other four people in the party refused to pay the tip too. Why weren’t they arrested?

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