Is Reality TV Bad for Business? 'Jersey Shore' Star Banned From Restaurant for Two Years -- Restaurant Gets Swatted Too, as Authorities Make a Statement About the 'Mayhem That Can Be Associated With Reality Television' E! Online
One of the stars of MTV’s "Jersey Shore" was barred from a restaurant for two years after a June 10 incident that led to her arrest, reports E! Online.com.
Deena Cortese was banned from the Spicy Cantina & Mexican Grille in Seaside Heights, N.J. After stopping at the restaurant for 90 minutes on June 10, Cortese, 25, walked on the bar, stood on patrons' tables and then danced outside in traffic, the story says. She was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, as previously reported.
An MTV film crew was on hand to document the whole scene, the report notes.
The restaurant was hit harder than the reality star. Spicy will pay $15,000 for serving Cortese after she was visibly intoxicated and for providing her with drinks she did not order, which is against the law, the story notes.
In a statement, Michael Halfacre, director of the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, took a swipe at reality TV, saying: "This settlement is a cautionary tale for licensees who might think ignoring the law for the sake of airtime is good for business. By turning a blind eye to the mayhem that can be associated with reality television, you are risking your livelihood. That is, without a doubt, bad for business."
As for Cortese’s criminal charges, they were dismissed in July after she paid a $106 fine and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of failing to use a sidewalk, the report notes.