What type of illegality, if any, is involved in the following situation? About 30 minutes before closing time, I sat down for dinner at a local restaurant I had not frequented during the past 3 years while I was living elsewhere. For 20 years prior to moving out of town I had been a frequent customer. I ordered their mussel dish which was listed on the menu for about $11. The waitress told me it was 2 for 1 mussel night and that I would get two orders of mussels for the price of one; so I agreed. I was eating alone. The waitress asked me if I would be ordering an entre, and I replied that I would wait to see how much food I received in the mussel orders. The waitress added that the mussels were lot of food.The waitress asked me what I wanted to drink; and I requested a glass of water--which is my normal beverage unless the restaurant fresh squeezes juice. When my mussels arrived the waitress informed me that I "had to buy a soft drink" and they "offer Pepsi products"; this addition she was making was made upon the direct order of her boss, who is the owner. I replied I did not want a soft drink but would pay for the beverage anyway; I did not ask about the price of the beverage. I ate, left about a 20% tip on the after food, beverage and tax amount, and left. The time was just before 9 PM, the posted closing time for food service. On the way out the door I saw the boss/owner, who had in the past year or so bought the restaurant from his father; I remarked to the youthful owner that I thought he should tell people in advance of ordering, that a beverage purchase was required; never once did I complain about the price of the meal with or without the beverage charge. The owner responded to my suggestion by telling me that I was "cheap" and should not return to his restaurant. The reason I spoke up is that, unknown to the youthful owner, our families have been friends for decades, maybe 100 years; and I thought adding an additional charge to a restaurant bill, after the meal has been delivered is akin to "bait and switch," and could pose a problem for the restaurant if someone chose to make a problem--or a point.
PS: The bar/restaurant operates with a PA State liquor license.
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