A local restaurant in Georgia has defended calling the police at a major dinner party after it allegedly refused to split the table’s $ 2,200 bill into separate checks.
The troublesome incident took place last month at Louisiana’s Bistreaux Seafood Kitchen in East Point, Georgia, where a group of about 25 people celebrated a woman’s 30th birthday.
The March 10 event finally ended in litigation and a visit from the police after the restaurant put the party’s balance on a single tab and refused to split it into individual bills.
The majority of guests were instead forced to withdraw cash from an ATM in a nearby hotel to pay for their meals, resulting in a logistical nightmare.
In an interview with DailyMail.com Saturday, Louisiana Bistreaux said the confusion was largely due to more than two dozen additional guests showing up at the party.
Police were called to a group of 25 at the Louisiana Bistreaux Seafood Kitchen in East Point, Georgia on March 10, after staff refused to share the party’s check.
Guests wishing to reserve a table for parties of 25 are rerequired to sign a contract agreeing to pay with one payment method.
The restaurant explained that it had accommodated the additional guests but did not call the police until some of them refused to pay the bill.
“Although the incident is unfortunate on March 10 and is not mentioned in this report, there were reservations for 25 people and under our contractual agreement, one bill would be presented to the host,” 52 guests showed, “said Marketing Director Wendy Smith.
“Our policy is prepayment and attendance guarantee for large parties, but our staff have done their best to create a seamless experience for the additional 27 unexpected guests.
“The police were not called until some of the unexpected guests refused to pay.”
In TikTok videos shared by a woman identified only as Key, visibly frustrated party guests were seen around the restaurant as staff explained that they were unable to fulfill their requests to split the bill.
Key told DailyMail.com Friday that her sister Quandresha Brinkley made the reservation and spoke with the restaurant staff ahead of time about what to do to arrange payment.
“She said to have fewer credit cards, but make sure people have cash,” she told the restaurant manager’s Brinkley.
But in the end, it was Brinkley who had to pay the bill out of his own pocket after several people decided to skip the bill and left the restaurant frustrated.
In fact, the phone runs all over the receipt showing a staggering $ 2,204.30 bill
Many of the older visitors did not have a Cash app, so they had to use cash. With no ATMs in the restaurant, Key said guests were forced to walk to a nearby hotel to get cash to pay. Brinkley had to pay a lot out of pocket when people stopped the party
Key said the police were called to the scene “long before” the bill came for all the food. The nail technician added that officers there said she should detonate the restaurant (in the photo)
Key admitted that a number of additional guests showed up, but claimed those people were sitting separately and their meals were not included in the main party’s tab.
Smith, however, said otherwise. She told DailyMail.com that staff took every order even though 27 additional guests came.
At the end of the meal after everyone had finished eating, they asked for 50 loose bills. At the time, it was impossible because the servers were only taking orders. They didn’t create a system for knowing who had what, they just took orders to get all the food ready for them, ”she said.
Our manager, Angel, tried to apologize and explain it to the host. She explained to us that she invited people who invited other people, so she didn’t even know they were coming.
Management claimed they removed some of the drinks
And we called the police when we heard people say they were leaving. The host didn’t collect and explain her guests so they got mad at us for saying no. ‘
Smith said her staff did their best to keep guests calm, but the incident eventually got out of hand and they called the police to “ de-escalate the situation. ”
“I am fully convinced that the party host understood that there were additional people who were not part of the additional agreement. And it was most of them who made the comments and got rowdy and boisterous, ‘she added.
When approached by DailyMail.com on Saturday, Key disputed the restaurant’s claims that there were over 50 people in the party, saying the video – which appears to show fewer people – was only shot after a few people were left.
She insisted that the group did not ask for 50 checks, as many of the guests did not eat and only delivered birthday presents, while others paid as part of a small group. She said the bill had been paid in full by Brinkley.
Key, pictured, told DailyMail.com that Brinkley made the reservation ahead of time
Key, in the photo, said her sister had spoken to the restaurant staff about what to do to arrange payment
Video shows police officers standing in the background as guests collect cash to pay for the hefty bill.
Several people can be seen talking to a manager in the restaurant explaining that she could take some drinks from the tab but not split it up.
Key even pans all over the receipt, with a staggering bill of $ 2,204.30. She also shows an officer who seems to be laughing at the scene as the manager tries to explain the drink situation to the party.
Key also complained about the restaurant service claiming it was out of order all night.
While dinner would start around 6pm, she claimed their food still hadn’t arrived by the time she showed up two hours later.
“Most people complained,” said the nail technician. “Nobody had any food.”
Key admitted there were additional people attending the meeting, but those people were away from the party and paid into their own separate account, she said.
And even when food came out, “two or three plates” that didn’t belong to anyone came out, Key claimed. She said the check had to be returned a few times when the dishes showed up on the bill.
“A lot of people felt like they were being conned,” added Key.
Many of the older visitors did not have a Cash app, so they had to use cash. With no ATMs in the restaurant, Key said guests were forced to walk to a nearby hotel to get cash to pay.
At that point, several people chose to leave the party and not pay for their food at all, forcing Brinkley to pay much of the bill out of pocket.
“The bill has been paid,” said Key. ‘Her [Brinkley’s] friends brought other friends and they were the ones running. My sister paid money from her pocket. She did make a reservation and talked about splitting the bill beforehand. ‘
Key said the police were called to the scene “long before” the bill came for all the food. The nail technician added that officers there said she should post about the incident on social media.
He said, “Go on social media and tell them about the restaurant. Go to social media about how they treated you,” Key recalls.
East Point Police could not be reached for comment.