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Argument Erupts Over Chicken Wings At Winking Lizard Coventry

Cleveland Heights Police responded and ended up arresting a 36-year-old Cleveland Heights resident.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:30 a.m.

Cleveland Heights Police received a call about a disturbance at Winking Lizard Coventry at 10:15 p.m. Oct. 9.

A 36-year-old Cleveland Heights man was attempting to leave the restaurant with chicken wings. But the restaurant has a dine-in only policy for wings on Mondays and Tuesdays during "wing night." An employee and a customer told him he could not leave with his food, valued at $2.50. According to employees, he started to arguing and yelling at people around him.

The restaurant called police after he started screaming expletives and confronting customers, and he left. Police found him later in his car outside of the business with an open container. Police arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct, and cited him for violating the open container law and driving under suspension.

Reports compiled from call logs and information from the Cleveland Heights Police Department.

Richard Hollis October 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I never heard of such a "No Take Out" policy.
jeff moss October 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
It's their policy on wing night.
Simon Weiner October 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
But the restaurant has a dine-in only policy for wings on Mondays and Tuesdays during "wing night." What does that mean - why would they have such a policy? Simon
Douglas Mazanec October 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I imagine the policy prevents people from leaving with more wings than they could possibly eat.
Simon Weiner October 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Douglas- says he left with $2.50 worth of wings - not a whole lot - plus didn't say anything about all you can eat etc.
Simon Weiner October 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I think they want to entice you with cheap wings and then get you to buy other food as well - if you just ordered the cheap wings - and left - no profit - but it seems kind of silly to make a fuss over 5 wings - unless that's your thing!
Simon Weiner October 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Anyway - I get my wings at Shimon's on Taylor Road - that is what wings are all about!
Jay Bell October 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
They probably should have let him go once he made a scene. Sometimes it's just easier to get rid off problem customers than allow them to disrupt your business. www.firebrandcentral.com
Brandon Baker (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Wiking Lizard, Quaker Steak and many other establishments have long held a similar policy, but only for wings and only on those nights. It's likely because the wings are steeply discounted.
Richard Hollis October 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
That is probably why I don't eat wings.
Garry Kanter October 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Yeah, all kinds of places have a posted policy about their specials. Unless you stay for a beer or two, it doesn't work for the establishment. The Lizard has the same policy for the personal pizza special on the same nights. Of course, it's all about the enforcement. Which differs by server, and by customer. If a drunk jerk comes in, acting like a fool, some servers will decide the policy *must* be obeyed. Others will be happy that he's leaving, and say nothing. Just like bus drivers and riders, it's all about how people handle themselves.
alison rice October 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It only takes one drunk fool....to act as ignorant as he can in someones establishment. To spoil things for others.people like that need to be put in a big boat and shiped off to the deep blue sea.
alison rice October 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I think the restaurant workers did the best that they could to insure that their policy was followed.no one can change the ignorance of another person. That person will more than likely behave that way under any condition..............its called plain old ignorance !!!!!

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