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Millionaire Breaks Waiter's Finger Over Bad Service - What's Your Story?

Over the weekend, after making 8 p.m. dinner reservations at a restaurant, we found ourselves  being ignored for an hour, having a waiter disappear for another half hour, and having our wine list taken away before we ordered wine.  Not only that, but an order correction went uncorrected for another 20 minutes, leaving the entire table exchanging fantasies about ways to dispatch the restaurant staff (throwing him out of a hot air balloon was the most whimsical), while finally eating at around 10 p.m.

We finally settled on making the best of the situation, instead of actually committing a felony. Castle Harlan CEO John K. Castle, however, decided over the weekend to take matters into his own hands -- by breaking a waiter's finger.

ABC News reports

that Castle was dining with his wife at tony Palm Beach restaurant Club

Colette when he twisted the hand and fingers of waiter Paul Kucik. Did

he spill soup all over an expensive jacket?  Uh...not exactly.

According to the Palm Beach County police report, "Kucik stated that when he returned to the Castles' dinner table,

Mrs. Castle instructed him to give the bill to her husband, John Castle

who was seated across the dinner table from her. Kucik stated that he attempted to hand Mr. Castle the bill and Mr.

Castle became irate with him and yelled, 'You schmuck, why did you bring

the bill to the table?'"

This week, Melissa McCart wrote about Tap 42's lax service.

We want to know -- what's the absolute worst experience you've ever had

in a restaurant? Feel free to be creative in the comments field below.


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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