Tourist arrested after offering his iPhone as restaurant payment in New York City (video)

Graziano Graziussi 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

(Scroll down for video) Forgetting your wallet while eating out can land you in jail.

One Italian man learned the lesson the hard way, by spending the night in jail.

Graziano Graziussi, 43, was visiting New York, when he ate at a restaurant, but he forgot his wallet and could not pay a $208 bill.

According to Graziussi, he was preparing to pay his bill at the upscale Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan, when he realized that he had left his wallet in the hotel, where he had been staying.

Graziussi, who is lawyer, offered workers his iPhone as collateral until he retrieved his wallet to pay the bill. Staff members refused to accept the iPhone and they called police.

"I found it completely unreasonable to call the police when I was coming up with possible solutions. I did not run away. I was there. I had just forgotten my wallet," Graziussi said.

According to Graziussi, Police did not allow him to go and pick up his wallet, but told him to have someone bring his wallet to him. When he told police that he doesn’t know anyone who can bring his wallet, he was arrested.

He was released the next morning after he promised the judge that he would pay the bill. "I do not think I should have been arrested in the first place," Graziussi said. "I wanted to pay the bill," he added.

According to reports, a manager at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse said that calling police is standard procedure when a customer cannot pay their bill.

"If someone does not want to pay the bill, then yes, I call the police," the manager said. "That's the best way to handle this types of situation," he added.