We went to SPQR bc Nick was in the mood for lasagna and when he typed that into foursquare the machines suggested he eat there along with the fact that Foursquare displayed a Groupon Local deal that offered $20 worth of food for $15. Nick purchased the deal from his phone and we sat down to have our meal.
The food was good but the service sucked (the waiters were asked multiple times to bring water, bread, cheese to our table and never did)
When we were ready to pay for our meal, Nick reminded the waiter about the groupon. The waiter told us he cant accept it because it was on Nick’s phone. At some point the manager came out and explained to us that he cant accept the groupon mobile deal because we dont have a print out and he needs the print out to staple to his receipt to reimburse himself. He was not interested in writing down our confirmation code and even offered to go on record with his statement, as you can see in the video above.
Nick’s going to file a complaint with Groupon but we still arent sure why they gave us a hard time. We have two theories:
My theory is that they are old school and process all their accounting by hand and dont want to be bothered with the hassle of lost notes or something.
The second theory posited by Charles is that the manager knows that when faced with confrontation the customer will always back down and pay their bill. This way he can say he doesnt accept the Groupon and he gets paid twice via the customer and via Groupon.
Either way whatever really went down, we are definitely never going to eat there again.
We are going to file a complaint with Groupon + Foursquare to have the deal removed and the restaurant notified.
Now we understand why the Yelp reviews are so low