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.
2/2 “…Kobe will defend any legal action brought by Mr. Cartmel and is confident that it will be dismissed.” -Kristina A. Davies, legal counsel for @KobeVancity
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 10, 2020
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.
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.