The Italian tourist who was jailed after claiming he couldn't pay his $208 bill at Smith & Wollensky may have actually had his wallet after all. In the initial coverage, it was reported that Graziano Graziussi, a 43-year-old lawyer visiting from Naples, realized after his meal that he had left his cash and credit cards in his hotel room uptown, offering to leave his iPhone as collateral while he went back to grab his money. In these reports, the restaurant's management refused that offer and eventually called the cops.
However, as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a press conference on Friday, the tourist did in fact have his wallet, with $118 in cash that he refused to hand over towards the bill. According to Kelly, Graziussi also claimed not to speak English. A patrol supervisor arrived who spoke fluent Italian, and after interviewing Graziussi it was "determined that the individual simply did not pay."
Smith & Wollensky NYC adds in a statement that "We do not contact the police in any matter involving our customers without significant cause."
· NYPD: Italian Tourist Arrested for Refusing to Pay Bill at Manhattan Steak House [CBS New York]
· Tourist Jailed for Racking Up Bill He Couldn't Pay [~ENY~]