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article image350 lb man pickets restaurant over all-you-can-eat fish deal

Thiensville - Bill Wisth, a six-feet-six-inches man, weighing 350 pounds, went to Chuck's Place, a restaurant that had advertised an all-you-can-eat dinner. He ate a dozen pieces of fish and asked for more but a waitress refused to serve him more.
According to The Christian Post, the restaurant decided to send him on his way with eight smaller fish for free. But Wisth complained: "They brought just this tiny little basket of six tiny real small fish... Jerry had four of the pieces and I had two." But after eating the little fish he still asked for more.
When it seemed that the restaurant had run out of patience with him, he called the police, but the police refused to respond to his call. Two days later he began picketing the restaurant with a sign in protest of what he called "false advertising." He insisted that the restaurant must fulfill its word for an all-you-can-eat dinner. According to The Christian Post, Wisth said: "Well, we asked for more fish and they refused to give us any more fish."
Wisth told local reporters: "If the people that run the restaurant, they put up signs saying 'All-You-Can-Eat,' but then selectively not want to fulfill that promise, that's false advertising." According to MSN, he added: "I think that people have to stand up for consumers." He promised he would picket the restaurant every Sunday until they change their policy.
Christian Science Monitor reports that a waitress at Chuck's Place, Elizabeth Roeming, told WTMJ-TV that they've had trouble from Wisth over the years. According to Roeming, Wisth has unpaid tab at the restaurant and has refused to pay.
The Christian Post reports Roeming told Wisth, who was picketing outside the restaurant: "It's probably actually gonna help our business because people are actually going to support so you might wanna just stop." But Wisth insisted that regardless of his history of unpaid bills, the restaurant had advertised a deal and must fulfill its promise.
The Christian Post reports locals have been supporting Chuck's Place which has a reputation for good food in the area. Even Wisth admits that. He said: "They do have like some of the best pizza in town if you like deep dish pizza."
According to IB Times, Ted Hagen, owner of Chuck's Place, said Wisth is known in the area as "Big Bill." He said: "Our response is he's an idiot and he's a loser. We didn't run out of fish. We ran out of fish for him. If you lined up a thousand losers in the city of Milwaukee, he'd say, 'I'm No. 1.' You should see this circus act."
Hagen told IB Times that Wisth was a regular patron of the restaurant who never pays his bill. Hagen said that Wisth had been giving trouble over the years such as eating 15 to 20 pieces of Alaskan cod and not paying and sometimes stuffing sausage in his pants. Hagen said: "Our waitresses are creeped out by him but they're still nice to him."
Hagen said that on Friday night after Wisth had eaten 12 pieces of fried fish, he sent him home with eight, saying "You're done, you're out of here." According to Hagen, Wisth picketed his restaurant on Mother's Day with a sign in pencil. Hagen said. "You couldn't read the sign. You had to go up to it. I have 20/20 vision."
Wisth also tried to encourage customers to stop patronizing the restaurant.
The Christian Post reports that the stand-off between customer and restaurant was finally resolved when Wisth agreed to pay his bill, but the management banned him indefinitely from the restaurant.
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