If I recently found out a business owner has been charging me specifically more than any other customer, is this illegal ?

My brother and I frequent a local bar. Last night we found out the bartender has been charging us specifically more than the other patrons. I know this can’t be legal but I’m not sure what can be done.

Asked on July 29, 2012 under General Practice, California


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, if you are getting a higher charge than other patrons of the bar then what the owner is doing seemingly is irregular from a business standpoint but is not illegal.

You could have refused to pay for the drink(s) that you received. For example, as a lawyer, I charge different clients different hourly rates depending upon their ability to pay, my prior dealings with them and how difficult they will be.

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