A tourist spent the night in jail after forgetting his wallet in his hotel room and he couldn't pay a restaurant bill, according to court proceedings in New York City.
The Italian tourist spent his second night in the city behind bars after staff at a luxury restaurant in the East Side section of Manhattan, called police when he said that he left his wallet at the hotel.
43-year-old Graziano Graziussi, a lawyer from Naples, is a regular at Smith & Wollensky restaurant, but this time, just 24 hours into his latest two-week stay in New York, he realized that he did not have his wallet on him when a waiter gave him the $208 bill on Monday night.
"I forgot my wallet," he said to the waiter. The staff at Third Avenue restaurant did not believe him, even after some guarantees offered by Graziussi, like his expensive iPhone while he went to get money from about 30 blocks uptown.
"I was going to leave my iPhone," he said. "I suggested that they send along a delivery boy with me. It would have been an easy journey," the lawyer said.
The general manager called police instead. The police arrived and refused to help Graziussi, despite being told that he had the money if only they take him uptown.
"They said that they were not a taxi service," Graziussi said. "Next thing I know, they put me in handcuffs," he added.
“Now, I will think twice before coming to New York again,” he said.