All good things eventually run into a bit of a snag. One day things are just humming along and the next day you find yourself in court. Such was the case for Chef Andrew when he was forced to sue a customer for skipping out on the bill.
For those of you who are new to the House of Crazy, you can catch up on Andrew's Cafe here. Chef Andrew has some sketchy business practices, chief among them is his policy of sending an invitation to "be my guest" at his cafe and then springing a bill on an unsuspecting customer. It's both underhanded and genius.
So recently Andrew opened for lunch. His first client was his brother, Matthew. Andrew offered to prepare a very lovely grilled cheese sandwhich with a side of humus and chips. The chef served his brother and then, once the customer was fat and happy, he presented the bill. This created quite a scene in the cafe. Quickly the spat became a full-on fight and the two ended up in my bedroom in front of their dad, pleading their case in his "courtroom". (Army Guy loves to hear grievances in his court. He enjoys any opportunity to be "Judge Wapner".)
Andrew presented his case: "Matthew.... (Army Guy Cut him off and instructed him to use the term "The Defendant"). Andrew continued with a roll of his eyes..."The DEFENDANT won’t pay me after I made his lunch."
Army Guy: Turning to Matthew. "Is this true?" Did you skip out on the bill?"
Matthew: "No... I tried to pay him but he can't break a $5".
Andrew: "I don't have change and Matt...The Defendant... won’t pay me. He has to pay".
Army Guy to Andrew: "As a business man are you prepared to take payment in cash form?"
Andrew: "Yes, but he has to give me dollars. His bill is one dollar and I only have three dollars to give him for change"
Army Guy to Matthew: "If you include a tip, could you pay the bill and accept three dollars in change?"
Matthew: "He is SUING ME! I am NOT going to tip him 100%!"
Me (thinking) He knows tipping $1 on a $1 tab is 100%. He's paying attention in school! PROUD!!!
Army Guy: "Andrew did you explore ways in which you could create change? For instance, did you seek assistance from your other brother, your mom or myself?"
Andrew: "No, but..."
Army Guy: "Don't you think a business man should open his store prepared to accept payment in cash form, which includes making change?"
Andrew "Yes, but..."
Army Guy: I find in favor of the defendant. Since the plaintiff is unable to make change for the defendant, the plaintiff will give the defendant three days in which to come up with a way to pay this bill."
Matthew: "Mom can you break a $5"
I am happy to report that the District Court of Army Guy settled the dispute and Chef Andrew received payment. Though his pop-up café had mixed reviews, I think the legal battle is what caused him to close up shop. It was just too much for the young chef. Sadly, I have not enjoyed breakfast-in-bed prepared by my little guy since his legal problems began.
In other news...Matthew did NOT tip and was last seen grilling his own dang cheese sammich.