Tags: tgi fridays | fined | 400k | cheap | booze

TGI Friday's Fined $400K for Selling Cheap Booze as Top-shelf

Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 06:43 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A TGI Fridays New Jersey operator agreed to pay a $400,000 fine for illegally swapping out expensive alcohol for cheaper drinks without the knowledge of customers, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.

The Briad Group was fined $400,000 for the violations and $100,000 to cover investigative costs, New Jersey acting attorney general John Hoffman told The Associated Press. Briad also agreed to hire a state-appointed monitor through June 14 to ensure its restaurants and employees were complying.

The fines were the result of an investigation called Operation Swill, the Associated Press said. Investigators raided 29 restaurants and bars, including 13 TGI Fridays, around the state in May accusing them of cheating customers. Authorities told the AP that other cases remain under investigation.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

"This fine should send a clear message to every bar and restaurant throughout New Jersey that customers should get what they pay for every time without exception," Hoffman told Hugh Morley of the Bergen Record.

Zach Hosseini, spokesman for the state's Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, said the Briad case does not mean that charges against other establishments raided in Operations Swill aren't coming. He told the newspaper that 16 other established remained under scrutiny.

Briad said in a statement obtained by the the Record that it had cooperated "throughout the investigative process," and is looking forward to moving on.

"In addition to the settlement, we have also made operational adjustments, initiated new training programs and redoubled our efforts to ensure that all of our restaurants adhere to Fridays' extensive bar and beverage standards," Briad said in the statement.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The AP reported that under the settlement with the state, Briad agreed not to contest the charges that eight of its restaurants were selling customers cheap substitutes in place of premium alcohol.

Briad still faces a lawsuit in state court by two women who claim Briad had instituted a uniform policy to substitute cut-rate liquor for premium brands for more than a year, violating the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, reported the Associated Press. The AP said the women demanding all customers be reimbursed along with punitive damages of three times the price of each drink.

Related stories:

TGI Fridays Top-Shelf Liquor: Restaurants Accused of Refilling Bottles

Rubbing Alcohol as Scotch, Dirty Water Served in NJ Bars, Says Report

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Vin Scully Ring: Voice of the LA Dodgers Loses WS Trinket at Costco

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 11:06 AM

Legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully lost his 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series ring while shopping at Costco t . . .

Joanne Chesimard, American Cop Killer in Cuba, in NJ's Sights

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 10:46 AM

Convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, escaped to Cuba in the late 70s and was granted political asylum . . .

Cairns Stabbing: Eight Children - Aged 18 Months to 15 Years - Killed

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 10:27 AM

A Cairns stabbing tragically left eight children, ages 18 months to 15 years old, dead in the Australian city this week, . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved