TGI Fridays fined almost $500K for trying to sell cheap alcohol as top shelf liquor has left frequent restaurant goers of TGIF surprised this week, Fox News reported this Wednesday, July 31. The TGI Fridays that was fined was a New Jersey based chain, and includes charges set against a total of eight restaurants.
Having TGI Fridays fined roughly $500,000 may make the company think twice next time about trying to pass off “false substitutes” of high-end booze to customers when it’s in fact only cheap liquor. One operator has agreed to pay the full fine to prevent further charges following Attorney General John Hoffman stating that this hefty amount the restaurant must pay should serve as a reminder to all restaurants to serve guests exactly what they pay for.
The settlement terms for TGI Fridays include an operator-owner agreeing to not fight charges this 2013 that a total of 8 TGIF restaurants were knowingly and purposefully selling low-end substitutes instead of premium alcohol that customers were paying top dollar for. The restaurant chain also was willing to maintain a monitor in the coming months to make sure that this agreement is being followed among both employees and owners.
If TGI Fridays pays the fine and does not take part in any future alcohol violations during the limitation period, the business will not face any suspension from their liquor licenses.
The costs of the $500K fine? A total of $400,000 in violations and $100K to cover the costs of investigation.
What’s your take on the TGI Fridays fined story? Are you surprised the popular restaurant chain was trying to sell cheap alcohol at premium prices?
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