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Rich Guy Breaks Server's Finger For 'Schmucky' Service

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Colette-Club, Palm Beach, Florida.
Colette-Club, Palm Beach, Florida.
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Because rich people can do whatever the fuck they want these days, some finance guy apparently broke a server's finger because he was upset with the service at Club-Colette, a dining club in Palm Beach, Florida. John Castle, who Gawker describes as a "leveraged buyout king," really didn't like it when his server brought the check to the table, despite the fact that his wife had asked for it.

So instead of behaving like a peasant would in such a situation and, say, complaining to a manager or something, he yelled "You schmuck, why did you bring the bill to the table?" and "grabbed [the server's] left hand and began squeezing and twisting his fingers." Which, beyond apparently resulting in a broken finger, is super creepy? Anyway, a police report was filed but no charges were pressed. Here's the report:

On January 8, 2011 at 10:11 p.m., I responded to the Palm Beach Police Department in reference to a complaint in the lobby. I met with the complainant, Paul Kucik, w/m, dob: 11-24-1954 of 2413 NW 7th Street, Boynton Beach FL.

Kucik stated that he was a waiter at Club Colette located at 215 Peruvian Avenue and on the night of January 7, 2012 at approximately 9:00 p.m., he was physically assaulted by a club member known to him as John Castle, who is approximately in his mid 70`s age. Kucik stated that Mrs. Castle requested that Kucik bring her their dinner bill. Kucik stated that when he returned to the Castles` dinner table, Mrs. Castle instructed him to give the bill to her husband, John Castle who was seated across the dinner table from her.

Kucik stated that he attempted to hand Mr. Castle the bill and Mr. Castle became irate with him and yelled, "You schmuck, why did you bring the bill to the table?" Kucik stated that he replied, "because your lady asked for it." Kucik stated while he stood on the left side of Mr. Castle, he (Kucik) attempted to hand Mr. Castle an ink pen. Mr. Castle began ranting and grabbed Kucik`s left hand and began squeezing and twisting his fingers. Kucik stated that Mr. Castle had a very tight grip of his left hand and Kucik had to pull his left hand out of Mr. Castle`s grasp. Kucik stated he was not certain which hand Mr. Castle grabbed his left hand with, but he believed Mr. Castle used his right hand.

Kucik stated that he immediately notified his employer of the incident, but no action was taken. Kucik stated he began experiencing pains in his fingers as a result of Mr. Castle`s actions. Kucik stated that on January 8, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., he went to the M.D. Walk-In Clinic located on Lantana Road. Kucik stated an X-Ray of his fingers indicated that his left ring finger was broken.

I did observe that Kucik`s left ring finger and pinkie finger were wrapped in blue medical tape.

Kucik was uncertain if he wanted to file an Affidavit of Prosecution against Mr. Castle at this time and stated that he would contact the police department within a few days after consulting with an attorney.

At this time, no further action has been taken. End of report.

· John Castle, 76-Year-Old Palm Beach Plutocrat, Breaks Insolent Waiter’s Finger [Gawker]
· All Crime Coverage on Eater [-E-]


215 Peruvian Avenue Palm Beach, FL 33480-4635

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