In what seems to have become a fashion, a Portland woman has filed a lawsuit of $100,000 against a restaurant because the staff wasn’t nice to her on Valentine ’s Day. Actually, they ignored her and refused to give her service just because she was dining alone.
Local business owner Kathleen Hampton seeks the hefty amount from Enzo’s Caffe Italiano for not only its staff’s rude behavior, but also because they refused to give her takeout.
Apparently, it all happened because she showed up alone for her “reservation for two” on Feb. 14 as her husband was full from his lunch and didn’t want to join her. Once seated, she was ignored “and was not getting any services,” according to the lawsuit.
The final straw was when she then told a waitress that she was ready to order but the waitress replied that she would not be taking her order and also that Hampton had to leave the restaurant and give up her table. When asked for takeout instead, the server claimed they do not offer such service.
“I've never heard of a food place not having to-go,” said Hampton said in the lawsuit.
However, eatery’s owner Edno Lanzadaro has a slightly different recollection of that night’s events.
“She made reservation for two and when she got there, said ‘Oh just by myself,’” he explained. “We offered for her to sit at the bar with other single diners since Valentine's Day is very busy and all we know is she got up [from the table] and left without paying after she drank two glasses of wine.”
Regardless of her story being true or a little fabricated, Hampton is demanding a public apology both in person and on media along with the amount of $100,000.