MANSFIELD -- Dwain Downing says he was at Our Place Restaurant when they ran out of the soup that comes with the lunch special -- so he asked if he could have something else. That's when he says he got a helping of attitude. "Restaurants you go to, they believe the customer is always right. Not Our Place. They were rude. They treated me very badly," Dawning said.
But owner Benji Arsoanovski says it was the customer raising a fuss. "I don't see one of my staff members ever being rude to my customers. If it is, I am definitely going to go after that; and if he would have said something to me, I would have had a talk with my server," Arsoanovski said.
But since Dwain Downing happens to be a practicing attorney, he threatened to sue the restaurant for $252.25 for the free soup he didn't get -- and attorney fees.
Downing says now there is a huge backlash against him on social media. "People are threatening to kill me, break windows, hurt my family. This is about soup," he said.
The owner of the restaurant is now trying to turn a negative into a positive. He's offering customers who bring in a can of soup 10% off their tab and all the soup will be donated to a food bank.
As for the attorney, he's not as steaming mad as he was and hasn't decided if he still wants to sue over soup.