Franklin Synder, a law professor in Fort Worth, weighs in on The Haggler’s predicament (if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it):
You might be interested in letting your readers know that a restaurant meal is a sale of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The code provides that where the buyer and seller have agreed to a contract but have not agreed on the price, the price is not what the seller subsequently demands. Its a reasonable price for the goods at issue. Thus a customer has no obligation to pay for anything more than the reasonable price of a pasta meal at a trendy restaurant.
In this circumstance, a customer should make a reasonable offer for the value of the meal, then walk out and wait to be sued for breach of contract. Be sure to leave the restaurant full contact information so they cant claim that youre trying to steal something.
Via the Haggler.