A TGI Fridays fined $500,000 in New Jersey has been accused of cheating customers on their drink orders. According to Fox News, the TGI Fridays restaurant was selling top shelf alcohol to customers and then serving them lower grade liquor.
This is a problem all over the country, where if a person ordered a Jack and Coke, few people could tell the difference if the bartender poured McCormicks instead. It is noticeable in shots and water drinks, as well as with various brands of tequila used in margaritas, but for many people who only drink on occasion, this dishonesty might slip past the customer.
Where it really takes effect is when a person pays $10 for a top shelf vodka drink, such as Ciroc, but then gets poured a cheap vodka with their juice, never to know the difference. However, this can make the bar or restaurant $4 to $5 more without having to use the expensive alcohol.
That seems to be what TGI Fridays was doing, which brought about the fine. While this won’t help the customers the restaurant allegedly cheated, it might make them think twice before doing it again.
Attorney General John Hoffman said that the TGI Fridays fined will hopefully send a message to other restaurant and bar that the customers don’t deserve to be cheated out of their money.