In this MPSIMS thread, there is a discussion going on about the act of walking out of a restaurant without paying the tab, due to poor service.
I’m wondering about the legalities. Anyone know the straight dope? What contract, if any, exists implicitly between the person who walks in and orders and the owner of the restaurant?
My WAG would be that the customer is legally bound to pay if he orders, and food is prepared and placed on his table which can reasonobly be construed as an honest attempt to fill that order. Quality of service, I further WAG, is legally irrelevant, under all circumstances.
But, I even further WAG, these legal considerations are often trumped by particular practical circumstances.
Anyway, I know YANAL, bu still, who’s got the straight dope, or a reasonable fascimile thereof?