Midtown restaurants such as Applebee's, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday and Olive Garden are currently staring at a lawsuit which claims that they automatically added gratuity to the checks of a few small parties. The suit comes courtesy of Ted Dimond, who gives tennis instruction to wealthy New Yorkers. As Gothamist asks, what the hell is this dude doing at such pedestrian restaurants in the first place?
According to Dimond's attorney, the tennis maven frequents "more upscale restaurants," but claims that the aforementioned restaurants are guilty of the practice most often. In addition to $50, Dimond wants customers to receive $1,000 worth for "willful violations."
Don't look at Ted Dimond as a penny-pincher, look at him as the People's Champ.