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Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:00 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

And the Raheem Brock saga continues.

The Seahawks defensive end was arrested last Thursday for walking out on a $27 restaurant tab. We later learned that Brock's party was asked to leave the Copa Banana, the restaurant in question, because a member of Brock's party brought food in from another establishment. So Brock left without paying his tab, and the Copa Banana called the police, who arrested Brock after finding him at another restaurant nearby.

Now Brock tells TMZ that he did not, in fact, walk out on the $27 tab. Instead, he insists the arrest was a misunderstanding brought on by a sudden hankering for cheesesteak.

To the details:
…[T]he drama began after Raheem, his cousin and a female friend went to the (Copa Banana) restaurant to order some food Thursday night. Brock says after the group placed the order, Brock's female friend decided she would rather get a cheesesteak from a place across the street ... so she and Brock walked over while Raheem's cousin waited at (Copa Banana). But when they returned to the Cope ... the waitress wouldn't let them bring the cheesesteak inside.

Brock says his group canceled their food order and left ... thinking everything was cool -- until the cops arrived to the scene and told Brock he'd been accused of running out on the bill.  Brock says he offered to pay $40 for the $27 bill ... but the manager refused to accept payment. Raheem was then arrested on suspicion of theft of services and resisting arrest.
Brock adds: "While I was in 'cuffs, I explained to the manager that I own restaurants ... and if there's a policy about paying for food that hasn't come out ... then it should have been explained to us before we left."

It certainly sounds plausible, and perhaps it really was a misunderstanding. Of course, PFT's Michael David Smith makes a good point: "We’re only getting Brock’s side of the story here, but his side of the story sounds pretty reasonable. The restaurant has declined to give its side of the story, in which Brock may not sound so reasonable."

In any event, it's better than blaming an anonymous Facebook hacker.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

my mistake - they did name the restaurant.  Still, good luck effecting their bottom line.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

focker, get real.

1st, where are all these comments you're referring to that say "How dare?......."
2nd, no most people do NOT do the ridiculous scenario you described.
3rd, you're really going to not eat at the unnamed restaurant?  Good job crippling their business.
4th, the story doesn't say the manager kicked them out.  It says he wouldn't let them bring the other food inside.
5th, there may be a company policy prohibiting the manager from discussing the case.  Pretty common.

I do agree the whole thing seems ridiculous and an extreme overreaction by the restaurant.  I disagree that police shouldn't be making an arrest on a $27 tab in general, though.  There needs to consequences from people who actually dine and ditch (steal), but that isn't the case described here.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

THE RESTAURANT OWNER/MANAGER kicked him out of the store, THEN CALLED THE COPS.
Actually, according to Brock--Brock voluntarily left the restaurant after ordering allegedly to buy a competitor's product.  The restaurant simply would not let Brock bring the food back in....now after that point, the manager seems to have overreacted by not simply accepting payment after Brock says he "cancelled" his order.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

I say every one of you are hippocrits, because i dont' know a single person who hasn't gone with a group who wanted to eat at one place and decided they didn't want to eat there, ran to another place and wanted to sit with those same people so came back. Happens 10 times a minute around the world, especially if you have kids, they never want to eat whats in front of them cause the burger is better on the other side of the street! 
You have obviously never met me then -- I have never done this, nor been in a group that has done this, nor would I.  You go to a particular restaurant you eat their food or you don't eat.  Simple.  As for my kids, they learn to eat what is put in front of them -- I am in charge of my kids, not the other way around.  Third, you order food, the restaurant starts cooking, then you pay for the food whether or not you decide to eat it (unless, of course, something is wrong with your order) as the restaurant has already incured the costs of the meal, they are entitled to be repaid.  That said, if Brock did offer to pay, that should have been the end of it--the business should have taken the money.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Raheem Brock, restaurateur, explains arrest

Mmmmmmm   CHEESESTEAK!!!!!!!!!!!


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