Drama at Zeeba Lounge
As I mentioned before, Amie, a couple friends and I hit up Zeeba Lounge and the new Arabian Nights for a nightlife column Friday.
We found ourselves in quite the pickle at Zeeba Lounge.
After waiting 30 minutes to get in (!), we ordered a hookah with double apple-flavored shisha, which cost $12 and came quickly.
We smoked it for a while, then asked for our check. That’s when the trouble started.
Our server told us the check would be $40, not $12.
Turns out, Zeeba has a $10 minimum per person policy ...
Our server showed us the notice on the menu, and said it was also posted outside the front door. She was right – there are 12 signs on the front of Zeeba Lounge, and two of them state this policy. We missed them both, and that was our fault.
However, if you’re going to make people pay at least $10 just to sit down inside your lounge, you owe them the courtesy of telling them this before they order anything.
Right when we sat down, our server should have said, “just so you know, there is a $10 charge per person, so keep that in mind when you order.” Or, they could do away with this impudent fee and make patrons pay a cover charge instead.
We were outraged.
Our server flagged down a manager, who wrangled with us for a few minutes. Finally, to get us off his hands, he agreed to only charge us for the hookah. We left $12 on the table and walked out.
We got about a block before the bouncer chased us down, bill in hand. Turns out, we forgot to pay the 72-cent tax on our hookah. They sent a bouncer after us for 72 cents!
(Photo by me)