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Vancouver restaurant denies customer's assault claim

Last Updated Aug 10, 2020 at 1:47 pm PST

A man claims he was assaulted by staff at a Vancouver restaurant after complaining about his meal and not wanting to pay. (Screenshot video courtesy Stephen Cartmel)
Summary

A customer's claim he was assaulted has been rejected by the owners of Vancouver's Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

The customer said he didn't want to pay for a meal he considered 'lacklustre'

The Vancouver Police Department confirmed it is investigating the incident

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The owners of Vancouver’s Kobe Japanese Steakhouse are rejecting an allegation a customer was assaulted after refusing to pay for his meal.

The restaurant’s lawyer has issued a statement denying Stephen Cartmel’s version of what happened in the evening of July 30.

Kristina A. Davies, in an email, rejected Cartmel’s “version of events” and suggesting any legal action taken by him “will be dismissed.”

Davies also denied Cartmel was assaulted.

Last week, Cartmel said he was left bruised when he was thrown to the ground and kicked by staff who locked the door as he tried to leave.

He said he didn’t want to pay for a meal he considered “lacklustre.” Cartmel added the employee he spoke to offered to provide a free drink, but wouldn’t offer a discount on the food.

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That’s when he says staff told him he was stealing, and that they would call police.

The Vancouver Police Department confirmed it is investigating the incident.