Charges Nixed In Cheap Tip Case

frinterprints and handcuffs over waitress counting money AP / CBS

A man arrested in an upstate New York restaurant for not tipping enough is off the hook.

Local prosecutors say they won't charge Humberto Taveras for not leaving a big enough tip at Soprano's Italian and American Grill in Lake George.

The 41-year-old Long Island man was arrested Labor Day weekend when the restaurant owner accused him of not leaving an 18-percent gratuity required for large parties.

Taveras says he wasn't aware of the policy -- and wouldn't have left that much money anyway because he wasn't happy with the service.

The Warren County District Attorney's Office says a restaurant patron can't be forced to leave a gratuity.

Prosecutors say establishments have to call it a service charge -- not a tip -- in order to make it a mandatory add-on charge.

  • Lloyd Vries

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