350-pound Wisconsin man picketing restaurant after he's cut off during all-you-can-eat fish fry

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
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Wisth, "false advertising" sign in tow, talks to reporters as he pickets outside Chuck's.
Only in America... and especially in Wisconsin.

Bill Wisth -- a 6'6",  350-pound resident of Mequon, Wisconsin -- used to be a regular at Chuck's Place, a family-run restaurant in Thiensville, Land of Cheese. But Wisth's days as a regular came to an abrupt end last weekend after the restaurant cut him off during an all-you-can-eat fish fry.

What an outrage! Wisth is so upset that he's started picketing the restaurant and promises to stand outside with his Sharpie-scrawled "false advertising" sign every weekend until the end of time.

Wisth says he was eating at Chuck's with a friend last weekend when he told a server he wanted another helping of fish. He says he was only given a few tiny pieces, yet the server told him they were fresh out. Still hungry, Wisth says he refused to pay his bill. Police were eventually called and Wisth's large, fish-loving ass was kicked out of the restaurant.
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Wisth wanted more fried fish than Chuck's was prepared to offer.

"If the people who run the restaurant put up signs that say all you can eat, but then selectively not want to fill that promise, that's false advertising," Wisth told WISN.

Chuck's management offers a different account of what happened on that fateful night. According to the restaurant, the server politely informed Wisth they were out of the fish Chuck's was serving as part of the all-you-can-eat promotion, but offered to fry up some "more expensive fish" to make up for the inconvenience. Management claims they busted Wisth illicitly serving fish to his friend, who hadn't ordered the all-you-can-eat deal, but tried to accommodate his demands nonetheless. They also claim Wisth chowed down more than 20 pieces of fish before they ran out.

As Wisth picketed outside the restaurant on a recent afternoon, Elizabeth Roeming, a server at Chuck's, approached him, apparently feeling betrayed by her former regular's public denouncement of the restaurant.

Roeming, who told WISN she always tried to please Wisth with fresh bread and ample condiments, said the owner of Chuck's used to let Wisth keep a running tab, since he couldn't always afford to pay his bill.

"To have you come out here to say don't come here, it's actually going to help our business," Roeming said. "You might want to stop because everyone loves us here."

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