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Lawsuit accuses Manhattan restaurants of secretly adding tips to bills without customers' knowledge

Posted by Jay L. Ciulla | Jul 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

A New York man, Ted Dimond, 47, accuses the Olive Garden and Red Lobster in Times Square, Ruby Tuesday on Seventh Avenue, the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway and Applebee's on West 50th Street of ripping off diners.

A Manhattan man claims five restaurants — and maybe many more — have been tricking diners into tipping their waiters twice by building a bonus into the tab, but not telling the consumer. Ted Dimond, a 47-year-old tennis pro, is now petitioning the Manhattan Supreme court for permission to file a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit against the alleged offenders.

The lawsuit claims that places such as the Crossroads restaurant in the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway are illegally adding tips to parties smaller than eight.

Personally, I can't stand when restaurants do this sort of thing.  I can recall recently eating at a restaurant that had a line on the credit card slip for adding a tip for "charity" or something like that.  I am all for charitable giving, but this additional line completely threw me off and I already wrote the tip amount in that line before realizing it was for "charity."  By the time I was done correcting everything, the slip was a mess and almost illegible.  I think I will check my bank statement now to make sure I was ultimately charged the correct amount...

Check out the article below for more details:

Manhattan restaurants secretly adding tips to bills without customers' knowledge: lawsuit

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Jay L. Ciulla

Jay L. Ciulla is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1997, he has been helping injured injured people with their legal issues. He has extensive litigation and trial experience and has represented clients in more than one hundred trials.


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