A New Jersey (United States) couple, Toby and Jack Litsky, decided to switch to a vegan diet last year for health reasons.
Some Italian restaurants don’t serve whole grain pasta and the Litskys started taking their own when eating out with friends.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Litskys claim that they have always call ahead and have visited more than 50 restaurants without any problems. They also claim that although they don’t ask for discounts, they’re typically given one since they provide their own pasta.
On February 23 though, they were shocked when instead of the $12 per meal they were charged in the past at Monticello Restaurant at Red Bank, the owner, Caterin Giambalzo, charged them $24 per meal. When the Litskys tried to contest the price, Giambalzo called the police.
To prevent getting arrested, Jack paid the bill with his American Express card and then submitted a chargeback complaint to the company.
Giambalzo was going to fight the complaint, but after NJ.com reached out to her, she decided to refund $12. She told NJ.com though that her issue was his refusal to pay the entire bill. Litsky states that wasn’t the case.
The dispute is ongoing.
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