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Community packs restaurant stiffed by customers after power outage

Posted at 9:29 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 22:55:01-04

The Southwest Florida Community showed their support by packing a restaurant stiffed by customers after their power went off.

Four in Your Corner first told you about this story Tuesday.

Bubba's Roadhouse and Saloon in Cape Coral had a power outage last Monday, and instead of making customers wait for the power to be restored, the owner took down customer's phone numbers and said he'd call them to settle up later. 

When he called those patrons, some refused to pay their bills despite eating their meals, saying it wasn't the experience they wanted. Others gave the restaurant owner fake numbers and couldn't be tracked down.

To make up for it, a group of friends and supportive strangers encouraged people to dine at Bubba's Wednesday night.

"The fact that somebody took advantage of his... 'Ok, come back and pay me tomorrow,' no. I read the story and immediately I said 'sign me in,'" Gloria Jordan, Owner of La Trattoria Cafe Napoli, said.

"When I heard what happened, I said 'You know what, I'm coming to dinner with my family at Bubba's tonight," Tamara Pigott, Executive Director of Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau, said.

"A lot of people saw the story that ran yesterday and came in and made a point to say 'Hey, we're here because of it," Jay Johnson, the owner of Bubba's, said. 

Johnson said he's so grateful for the support of the community and his friends, and said one table even offered to pay the tips to all the servers who were serving the night of the power outage.