Diners locked in after refusing to tip

Tip not optional for woman, friends at local Houston restaurant

Published On: May 03 2012 12:35:41 PM EDT   Updated On: May 04 2012 10:58:16 AM EDT
waitress serving food at restaurant

A Texas woman and her friends found themselves locked in a Houston restaurant recently after refusing to pay the gratuity.

Jasmine Marks claims that the service at LA Fisherman was so bad that when the bill came, she and her party of six decided not to pay the mandatory 17 percent gratuity for parties larger than five, according to NBCDFW.com.

Marks requested that her party be allowed to leave their own tip instead of the 17 percent, but the staff refused, locked the front doors and called the police. Wanting to put an end to a long struggle with the wait staff and law enforcement, Marks and her friends eventually paid the gratuity.