The pressure on local businesses from Groupon hype is well documented. We don’t know if this incident at a restaurant in the 400 block of Broadway East involved a Groupon or any of the other myriad group buying service discounts but a dispute over a coupon spilled onto the streets of Capitol Hill last Wednesday night leaving a pair of pants ripped and an elbow bloodied. In the end, the restaurateur and the patron shook hands and made up thanks to an SPD officer willing to negotiate and some creative tipping. Here’s how the deal was worked out, according to Officer Keating:
On 01/19/2011 I was working in full uniform driving a fully marked patrol vehicle. I responded to Broadway E/E Republican St for Sgt. Aratani who on viewed a disturbance at that location at 2133 hours.
V/ said he [redacted] located at 4 Broadway E. He said that S/ and came into his restaurant and had dinner. Dinner came to a total of $42. S/ and W/ gave a coupon to the restaurant but would not take the coupon. They began to argue with the V/ . V/ said the couple then left the restaurant without paying for their food. V/ stopped the two at the corner of Broadway E/E Republican St. After stopping the two S/ struck V/ with a closed fist, he then fell to the ground which ripped his pant leg and scraped his left elbow.
S/ and V/ were stopped by Sgt. Aratani, from robbery, who then called for a patrol unit to respond, which I did at 2133 hours. I arrested S/ and read him his Miranda rights from a Seattle issued card.
V/ said there are no hard feelings and if the two would pay for the food they ate and his pants then he would not press charges. S/ said he could pay with his credit card and would leave a generous tip for the manager to pay for his ripped pants. V/ said he would accept that. I screened the arrest and unarrest with Sgt. Aratani.
I walked to the restaurant with the victim, witness and suspect. At the restaurant I watched S/ pay the bill with his credit card and leave a tip of over $70 for to pay for his pants. I then watched as V/ and S/ shook hands. I gave a business card with my name, serial number and case number on it to V/ and S/ . I then watched as S/ left the restaurant.